Taking prayer seriously, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital staff recently gathered to pray that their documents applying to be designated again as a Magnet hospital would be successful.

The hospital held the blessing of about 350 pages shortly before the Aug. 1 deadline to submit materials to the American Nurses Credentialing Center to receive Magnet status again.

Its Pastoral Care and Mission departments were among those that took part.

"This document represents the excellence in nursing practice and health care provided for our patients at St. Francis," said Tanya Lott, an education specialist with Roper St. Francis and the hospital's Magnet program director, in a statement. "As a faith-based organization, we believe that prayer is an essential component to who we are."

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital wants to maintain Magnet hospital status, which it initially achieved in 2010. It is the first and only Magnet hospital in the Lowcountry.

Hospitals that achieve the status are recognized for providing an environment of excellence for nursing practice and patient care.

Jennifer Berry Hawes