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Saint Elizabeth Once Again Achieves Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence

April 17 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that is has received the prestigious Magnet® recognition for its nursing excellence. This is the third consecutive time Saint Elizabeth has earned this designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Saint Elizabeth is one of only five hospitals in Nebraska to receive the designation and one of 401 in the United States. Considering less than eight percent of all U.S. hospitals meet the criteria to earn Magnet status, Saint Elizabeth is among an elite group.


“Receiving the Magnet designation proves that the nursing care we provide is above and beyond. I am proud of our dedicated nurses, who deliver high-quality care while adhering to our core values of respect, integrity, compassion and excellence,” said Libby Raetz RN, MSN, vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. “The Magnet Award signifies you are the best of the best.”


Saint Elizabeth first applied for and received the designation in 2004. To be considered for the honor, hospitals must reapply every four years and complete a credentialing process that can take a year or longer, including an onsite visit from ANCC appraisers that interview patients, staff, physicians and community members.


Hospitals must exemplify nursing excellence, including quality initiatives, nursing research, high patient satisfaction, transformational nursing leadership and nursing professional development.  


ANCC acknowledged the nursing team at Saint Elizabeth for their long-standing history of striving for nursing excellence. The appraisal team specifically noted the many specialties where the hospital has sought special designations for their high-quality care such as bariatric surgery, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery, preterm labor, NICU, stroke and radiology.


In addition, they praised the hospital for offering educational opportunities for Registered Nurses to complete their Bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) onsite and for covering almost 90 percent of the tuition cost.  


“You are an outstanding organization and very much deserving of your third designation. You are one of five Magnet organizations in Nebraska and this is truly a testament to your commitment to excellence,” said Deborah Zimmerman, chair of the commission for the Magnet Recognition Program. “We recognize your commitment to your health care team and most importantly to the patients you serve.”


Read more about the Magnet Recognition Program® at Saint Elizabeth.






About Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, founded 125 years ago, is a full-service, 264-bed, nonprofit regional medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since 2004, Saint Elizabeth has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Saint Elizabeth is guided by its core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence to devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit their patients as well as the health of the greater community. Saint Elizabeth is part of Catholic Health Initiatives. For more information, visit

About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals and 24 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Learn more at