RRH’s Primary Care and Ambulatory Specialty Institute achieves magnet status

After more than four years of hard work, Rochester Regional Health’s Primary Care and Ambulatory Specialty Institute (PCASI) has achieved magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

PCASI becomes the first primary care organization, and only the second ambulatory care group in the nation to achieve this prestigious designation. Magnet status is the international gold standard of nursing excellence, and less than 500 hospitals out of nearly 6,500 in the U.S. are magnet recognized. 

“This remarkable achievement is a testament to the excellence of PCASI nurses and the entire PCASI care team who were unwavering in their passion and dedication to achieve this goal throughout a rigorous and uniquely challenging multi-year preparation and appraisal process,” said RRH CEO Richard “Chip” Davis. “During the magnet surveys which took place in May, PCASI was repeatedly praised by the surveyors for the progressiveness of its nurse practitioner care model, visibility and accessibility of PCASI leadership, and the fact that staff feel they have a strong voice in making continuous improvements.”

“This has been a humbling and amazing experience,” said Liz Carreira, RRH nursing director for ambulatory care and the magnet program director. “Our primary and ambulatory care nurses are innovative, talented, incredibly smart and nimble in the face of all of what has been coming at us over these last few years. We are excited to also be able to pave the way for future programs like ours to pursue their own magnet designations.”