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Magnet Status Recognition

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Magnet Status Recognition

Demonstrating its continued commitment to excellence in nursing care, Washington Hospital Healthcare System was granted Magnet® status recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) on September 19, 2011.

Magnet status means we provide a superior level of health care for patients, focus on exemplary professional nursing practice, and employ excellent nurses as part of our health care team. It is the highest level of recognition that a hospital can achieve for quality of nursing care.

A Prestigious Distinction
We are only the fifth hospital in the Bay Area and the 24th hospital in California to receive this coveted recognition. Less than seven percent of hospitals in the United States have earned this status. Magnet hospitals have better patient outcomes with fewer complications, lower mortality rates, and more satisfied patients and nurses.

Although Magnet recognition is a laudable achievement, this designation is not the end of our journey to nursing quality. Washington Hospital will continue to collaborate with our nurses to improve quality of care. We also intent to share what we have learned in our journey thus far, adding to the body of research and best practices for the nursing community at large.

High Standards Mean Better Care
The ANCC standards for Magnet® status hospitals are very high. When Washington Hospital comes under review for re-designation in 2015, all nurse leaders must have either a bachelors or a graduate degree in nursing.

Not only did Washington Hospital receive Magnet designation but the ANCC also recognized the hospital for the following exemplary practice areas:
· Staff education levels
· Shared governance structure
· Leadership
· Evidence-based practice (Washington Hospital was the only example of a hospital that had a nurse who presented research during a physician conference)

Learn More About Magnet Recognition
For more information about the ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program®, visit To learn more about Washington Hospital, its awards and quality initiatives, visit