Waco: Hospital honored for nursing excellence

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center has been honored for nursing excellence, receiving a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Just 7 percent of hospitals nationwide have received the designation, Scott & White said.

Forty-two of the 482 hospitals in the U.S. that have earned the designation are in Texas.

Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Chief Nursing Officer Rebecca Hardie said getting this designation means the hospital is the best of the best.

“A Magnet-designated hospital has been proven through research to draw the best nurses, the best physicians, to retain them and that the best practices are put in place at that hospital,” Hardie said.

Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Director of Clinical Nurses Lajuna Jones said the staff has been working hard for years to achieve this goal.

“It just put a seal of approval on that fact that (the nurses) are always continuing to strive for excellence,” Jones said.

“This is history making for Central Texas and our community, our nurses and our physicians, our executives we are very proud of this designation,” she said.

Katie Jones is an employee at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest but she has also been a patient.

Jones said the treatment she got from the nurses was beyond what she could have hoped for.

"The nurses here really treat you like family,” she said.

“When I gave birth to my daughter the nurse held my hand and was there every step of the way," she said.