The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nation's largest and foremost nursing accrediting and credentialing organization, implemented its Magnet Recognition Program® in 1993. As a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, the ANCC designed the program to identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients. With a goal of promoting quality in surroundings that support professional clinical practice and providing a mechanism for disseminating best practices in nursing services, the Magnet program was developed.
Nursing and other leaders at Magnet hospitals recognize the importance of a well-educated, diverse workforce. They understand the role that lifelong learning and workplace satisfaction play in safe, effective and high quality, patient-centered care. Achieving Magnet status serves patients, nurses and health care organizations alike. It provides them with the ability to:
- Attract and retain top talent
- Improve care, safety and satisfaction
- Foster a collaborative culture
- Advance nursing standards and practice
- Grow business and financial success
The Magnet Journey
When health care organizations decide to take the four-year long Journey to Magnet Excellence®, they must undergo a rigorous self-appraisal to validate they are maintaining the standards of Magnet. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison was the first SSM Health facility to achieve Magnet status in 2002. In 2017 they earned their Magnet status for the fourth time, making them one of only 30 hospitals worldwide to receive a third consecutive re-designation.
Patients and others look to Magnet facilities like as the ultimate benchmark for nursing excellence.
Our Magnet Hospitals
As an organization, SSM Health strives for Magnet to recognition to create a culture that has the best patient outcomes and the best work environment. All of our entities are currently working on attaining their Magnet status. Current facilities with the designation include: