SVMC has a national reputation for nursing excellence. It begins with visionary leadership that empowers nurses to learn, innovate, acheive quality outcomes, and exceed patient expectations. Key partnerships with The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, Castleton University, and educational donors help fulfill SVMC's committment of supporting staff in the pursuit of our organizational mission: exceptional care and comfort for the people we serve.  

An American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® Center for Nursing Excllence since 2002, SVMC nurses live the principles of Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, and New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements.


 SVMC Presented 2017 ANCC Magnet Prize

SVMC Nurse Wins Worldwide Recognition

SVMC Receives Fourth ANCC Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence


Castleton University is Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's preferred partner for nursing education. 

SVMC offers employment to Castleton students who satisfactorily complete the BSN program, obtain licensure, and meet pre-employment requirements. Additionally, SVHC will pay back (in full) tuition debt to those accepted employees that work 6 consecutive years within the health system.


Castleton University Received NECHE Approval

Castleton University and Southwestern Vermont Health Care Announce Nursing Partnership

In evaluating whether a healthcare organization should achieve ANCC Magnet Recognition®, ANCC considers the following five components, which are regarded as global issues in nursing and healthcare:

1. Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs

2. Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges

3. Competent, dedicated, and empowered nurses

4. Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements

5. Outcomes measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization

SVMC became Vermont's First Magnet Hospital in 2002 when the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognized SVMC for nursing excellence. The ANCC offers Magnet designation every four years, and SVMC was redesignated in 2006, 2010, and 2015. SVMC was only the third hospital in New England to earn Magnet designation for a fourth consecutive time.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.

If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts were sustained over the four-year period since the hospital’s most recent Magnet recognition. As organizations that have mastered these areas, Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally.

Across the board, Magnet organizations demonstrate higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information, as well as lower risk of 30-day mortality, lower failure to rescue, and lower rates of falls.

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care. 

The principles that Magnet recognizes—leadership, empowerment, competence, innovation, and the measurement of outcomes—make Magnet hospitals deeply rewarding places for nurses to work. Under this model, each nurse in the hospital has the power to research and propose transformational changes to improve patient care. For more information about working at SVMC, visit the Careers page.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

12/3/2020 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross Blood drive 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019, in its employee cafeteria.

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