Conway Regional Medical Center Receives Magnet Designation

CONWAY, Ark. (September 15, 2020) – Conway Regional announces today that the Medical Center has achieved Magnet® designation as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care. Conway Regional is only the third hospital in Arkansas—and the first outside of Little Rock—to receive the recognition and honor. 

The Magnet Recognition Program is a designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that distinguishes organizations who meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. Hospitals achieve Magnet Recognition for quality patient care and innovations in professional nursing practice, and it is considered the highest recognition for a hospital nursing department.

“Today, Conway Regional joins an esteemed group of hospitals known for nursing excellence,” said Matt Troup, President and CEO of Conway Regional. “We have always known that our nursing program is the best of the best, and we are thrilled to receive this honor from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. To achieve this designation in the Year of Nurse is incredibly special for our team members, who work each day to provide the highest-quality, compassionate care.”


Only 8% of hospitals nationwide achieve Magnet Recognition status.

“Receiving this designation is a true testament to the excellence of Conway Regional nurses,” said Angie Longing, Chief Nursing Office of Conway Regional. “Our nurses are empowered to explore new ideas and best practices, and we partner with our patients and families to provide evidence-driven and exceptional care. Each day, Conway Regional nurses live our promise to be bold, to be exceptional, and to answer the call.”

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence. Research demonstrates that this recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information. 
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates. 
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses. 
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Conway Regional achieved Magnet designation through a rigorous application process which began in April, 2018.  

The health system was surveyed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in a comprehensive two-day site visit in July. Conway Regional team members were observed and assessed, and patients, family members, and staff were encouraged to submit comments and feedback to the Magnet® Recognition Program office.

About Conway Regional 

Conway Regional Health System provides complete health care services to a seven-county service area of North Central Arkansas including Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pope, Van Buren and Yell Counties. Centered on a 150-bed, acute care medical center, the health system provides patients with a variety of services including heart health, orthopedic care, neuro-spine surgery, vascular surgery, gastroenterology services, women’s health, surgery, and rehabilitation. Conway Regional operates an expansive physician enterprise, including ten primary care clinics and seven specialty clinics. Additionally, the health system operates a Rehabilitation Hospital and a 70,000-square-foot Health and Fitness Center. In June of 2019, Conway Regional announced a management agreement with the Dardanelle Hospital, since renamed the Dardanelle Regional Medical Center.

With more than 200 physicians providing services at Conway Regional, the organization partners with the medical staff in an Accountable Clinical Management Model (ACM).  This one-of-a-kind partnership creates a model of shared governance to promote meaningful engagement of physician leaders with hospital administrative leadership—all in an effort to improve patient experience and enhance care.  

Learn more at conwayregional.org.  

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