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Mission Hospital Nurses Recognized for Certification Excellence


Mission Viejo, Calif., Jan. 29 – Mission Hospital is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50% of its OR nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses. Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo exceeded the 50% requirement, and nurses at Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach achieved 100% certification. This is the first year CCI has awarded this elite status to facilities nationwide.

"We are extremely proud of our nursing staff for the recognition they have earned over the past year – both being CNOR Strong and achieving Magnet recognition," said Ron Galonsky, chief operations and integration officer, Mission Hospital. "These accolades are evidence of our commitment to patient care, safety and clinical quality, and also speak to our culture of excellence and continuous improvement here at Mission Hospital."

The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse's commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the CNOR Strong program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

Mission Hospital also recently received Magnet® Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which is considered the highest national honor bestowed upon nursing services at a hospital.

About Competency & Credentialing Institute

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CRNFA® credentials to more than 34,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning. For more information about the Competency and Credentialing Institute, visit

About Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital provides south Orange County communities with access to advanced care through dozens of locations. Mission Hospital has been serving the greater needs of the community for more than 40 years, improving the quality of life in the communities it serves. Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, the region's only designated trauma center, offers 24-hour emergency care and specialized services for imaging, heart, stroke, maternity, and women's wellness needs. Mission Hospital Laguna Beach offers 24-hour emergency, intensive and medical-surgical care as well as the South County's only behavioral health services including hospital-based chemical and pain medication dependency treatment. CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in South Orange County. Mission is the only hospital to twice earn the Ernest A. Codman Award for Excellence in quality health care presented by The Joint Commission for its Traumatic Brain Injury protocol and Rapid Response Nursing Team, and recently earned Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. A member of the St. Joseph Health System, Mission Hospital is one of 14 not-for-profit hospitals sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. For more information, visit