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A message from Toby Marsh: Congrats to our Vallejo colleagues


Toby Marsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE Northern California Regional Chief Nurse Executive VP Clinical Integration Services, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan
Toby Marsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Northern California Regional Chief Nurse Executive and 
VP Clinical Integration Services

Please join me and the KP Northern California leadership team in congratulating the team at our Vallejo Medical Center, led by Chief Nurse Executive Juanita Jularbal-Walton, for achieving the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition® for nursing excellence.

Kaiser Permanente Vallejo is the first Northern California hospital to receive this esteemed designation. Magnet Recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence, quality care, and innovations in nursing practice, which less than 10% of hospitals in the United States have currently earned.

This remarkable achievement is the culmination of years of hard work by our nurses in the hospital and emergency department, interdisciplinary team members and leaders, to demonstrate nursing excellence by outperforming national benchmarks in the areas of quality, safety, care experience, and nursing engagement; a set of rigorous criteria established by the ANCC.

The team’s collective commitment to reaching the goal of Magnet Recognition has never wavered – even during the challenges of the global pandemic. In fact, during the years of preparation, the number of medical center nurses who advanced to bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees in nursing rose from 25% in 2019 to 81% in 2022 – incredible!

During the call on Monday where Magnet Recognition program leaders shared the news about this exciting achievement, they specifically acknowledged the Vallejo team for their record of outstanding patient safety, clinical innovation, and the Preparedness Assessment to Transition Home (PATH) tool that supports culturally and socially sensitive care to new caregivers that has expanded beyond Kaiser Permanente and is now utilized across the United States and around the world.

Magnet Recognition is both an impressive and important distinction for our organization and staff as well as the communities we serve. The designation reaffirms Kaiser Permanente’s steadfast commitment to consistently deliver superior patient care and outcomes, demonstrate professional growth opportunities and recognition of nurses, support nurse retention, and attract and retain outstanding professional talent.

To our outstanding Vallejo team, — bravo! Thank you for leading the way!

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