Maine Legislature Honors Mid Coast Hospital as a Magnet Hospital
"I am proud to say that Mid Coast Hospital has set as policy the nurture and encouragement of quality nursing and nursing environments, and recognizes the connection between nursing, the healing process, and patient outcome," says Rep. Peter Kent (D-Woolwich).



Pictured are (from left) Assistant House Majority Leader Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham; Rep. Kerri Prescott, R-Topsham; Deb MacLeod, RN, Director of Nursing Administration and Case management; Peggy Martin, RN, Maternity Care; Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick; Panee Mancharoen, RN , Behavioral Health; Rep. Charlie Priest, D-Brunswick; Catherine Underwood, RN, Surgical Services; Rep. David Webster, D-Freeport; Rep. Peter Kent, D-Woolwich; and Sen. Seth Goodall, D-Sagadahoc.

MID COAST HOSPITAL HONORED BY MAINE'S LEGISLATURE

Sitting in the gallery of Maine's House of Representatives and listening to the legislature discuss Mid Coast Hospital's Magnet Designation for quality patient care was heartwarming for four registered nurses representing the hospital patient care staff. The Hospital was presented with a Sentiment of the Legislature with congratulations at the morning session of the House on Monday.

"On May the 18th of this year," said Representative Peter Kent (D-Woolwich), "Brunswick’s Mid Coast Hospital, after a four year effort—after 2300 pages of documentation bound in 18 volumes—and after 3 days of intensive interviews with nurses, staff, physicians, administrators and the public, was awarded Magnet Recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center."

According to Kent, the Magnet Recognition status is the culmination of research studies in the 1980’s into why, in the middle of a nationwide nursing shortage, some hospitals have no trouble attracting nurses. "It is the answer to the question 'What are those forces within a hospital, its environment, and administration that make it attractive, make it a magnet, for exceptional nurses and nursing?'”

"I am proud to say that Mid Coast Hospital has set as policy the nurture and encouragement of quality nursing and nursing environments, and recognizes the connection between nursing, the healing process, and patient outcome," says Rep. Kent.

"Mid Coast [Hospital] brings honor not only to itself, but also to Brunswick, the surrounding community it serves, and the State of Maine as a whole. Thank You."

It really was a special to be sitting there and have the entire House of Representatives turn around, stand, and applaud," says Deb MacLeod, the hospital's director of nursing administration. "It was an honor to represent Mid Coast Hospital."

Deb was joined by Peggy Martin, RN, Maternity Care; Panee Mancharoen, RN; Behavioral Health; and Catherine Underwood, RN, Surgical Services who are all pictured below with members of the House and Senate from the Mid Coast area.



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