Hospital deserves praise for ‘Magnet’ designation

I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to Sayreville’s hometown hospital for receiving a prestigious accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, underwent a comprehensive two-year application process, including detailed site visits and lengthy interviews, before the credentialing center bestowed “Magnet” status on the hospital’s nursing program.

I’ve been aware for many years that Raritan Bay Medical Center has a superb nursing team, but I am still impressed that the hospital is one of only about 100 hospitals across the nation that has achieved such a high tribute from the credentialing center. To put it all in perspective, there are more than 6,000 medical centers across the country, many of which have been routinely turned down for this accreditation.

I’d like to offer special recognition to Michael R. D’Agnes, president and chief executive officer of Raritan Bay Medical Center, whose leadership made it possible for the hospital to pursue and earn such a high distinction in the medical field. In addition, I have to thank Constance Patten, the hospital’s vice president of nursing, who has crafted such an unparalled staff of nurses.

With this designation, Raritan Bay will be even better able to recruit the highest echelon of health care providers, who often decide where they will practice medicine based on accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Also, hospitals with this status have higher staff retention rates, and, therefore, develop the institutional knowledge that allows for day-to-day operations to run more efficiently and effectively.

That means even better medical care for me, my family and my constituents.

Congratulations, Raritan Bay.

Kennedy O’Brien