Fort Worth’s Plaza Medical Center receives top nursing designation

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth said it has achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center, the largest and most prominent credentialing organization in the U.S.

The Magnet designation is one of the highest levels of recognition a medical center can achieve, the hospital said. Plaza Medical Center, a 320-bed facility on Eighth Avenue in Fort Worth’s Medical District, also achieved Magnet designation in 2011. Magnet status is valid for four years.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services.

Only 3 percent of hospitals in Texas are recognized by the American Nurses Credential Center.

“Earning Magnet status for the second time in a row is an honor that reaffirms the hard work and dedication of our entire hospital,” said Clay Franklin, Plaza Medical Center’s CEO, in a statement.

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, one of the 12 North Texas Division of HCA hospitals, was founded in 1974.

_ Sandra Baker