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Planting the Seeds of Excellence

May 29, 2014

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SPRINGFIELD – Employees at Baystate Medical Center recently helped add a touch of spring color to the hospital’s picturesque grounds.

Employees from some 70 Baystate departments created their own unique potted plants for the hospital’s “Seeds of Excellence” planter contest. The fun activity was held in support of Baystate Medical Center nurses in their efforts to achieve Magnet hospital redesignation, and to highlight the collaborative culture required to earn such prestigious status. The hospital has been continuously Magnet-certified since 2005.


The Magnet Recognition Program® is an organizational credential awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to exceptional health care organizations that meet ANCC standards for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. Baystate is one of only nine such hospitals in Massachusetts, and 22 in New England. Nationally, only about 6.9% of all health care organizations carry Magnet designations.


“Our role as nurses is supported by our fellow coworkers from various departments throughout Baystate Medical Center. We could not be a Magnet organization without the collegial relationships nurses build every day with our colleagues in radiology, information technology, environmental services, access services, and so many other departments. These interdisciplinary relationships are key to the success of Baystate Medical Center and to quality patient care,” said Cidalia Vital, RN, nurse educator, Preop/PACU Surgical Services, who helped to organize the contest as one of the leaders in Baystate’s Magnet redesignation effort.


Planters were judged on best use of color, best use of native plants, most original, best represents department, and “People’s Choice.” The big winners were staff members from Baystate’s Engineering Department, who walked away with the coveted People’s Choice Award for their planter placed inside a round cooking grill bearing the words “No Smoking.”

“Engineering’s Groundskeeping staff work very hard to keep our grounds beautiful and clean, and everyone wanted to remind the public and staff that Baystate has been smoke-free for seven years,” said Vital. “The plants chosen – grey smoke trees – for the People’s Choice Award-winning planter also matched their no smoking theme.”

Entries will be on display around the Baystate Medical Center grounds for all to enjoy.


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