Prestigious Magnet® Designation Bestowed to Nursing Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital—For the Third Time

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital proudly announces it has achieved Magnet® designation for the third consecutive time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). MedStar Georgetown joins just 71 other institutions or fewer than seven percent of hospitals nationwide, to be recognized by the Magnet Recognition Program® three times in a row.

January 9, 2014

American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® is an Indicator for Excellence in Patient Care

(Washington, D.C.) – January 9, 2014 - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital proudly announces it has achieved Magnet® designation for the third consecutive time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). MedStar Georgetown joins just 71 other institutions or fewer than seven percent of hospitals nationwide, to be recognized by the Magnet Recognition Program® three times in a row.

MedStar Georgetown was the first hospital in Washington, D.C. to achieve Magnet status back in 2004.

“We are honored to be acknowledged by the ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program and to achieve this prestigious designation for a third time,” said Richard Goldberg, MD, president of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. “Our nurses at MedStar Georgetown exhibit the highest of standards when it comes to professionalism and excellence in caring for our patients. I know I join all of my colleagues at MedStar Georgetown in expressing how proud we are to work with them each day and how grateful we are for their role in taking their profession to such a high level of quality and distinction.”

ANCC bestowed its first Magnet designation in 1994 with the idea that the honor would act as a “magnet” for excellence by promoting professionalism in nursing. Magnet recognition is seen as the highest accolade a hospital nursing system can achieve.

A recent study found better patient outcomes in hospitals whose nurses had achieved Magnet recognition. The research results were published in the October 2012 issue of Medical Care, the official journal of the Medical Care section of the American Public Health Association.

“Receiving this national designation by the Magnet Recognition Program points to the excellence of our nurses and all their hard work,” said Eileen Ferrell, MS, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer at MedStar Georgetown. “It means our nurses are high-performing professionals who are committed to delivering extraordinary care to our patients and their families. It also means our nurses are involved in clinical research and performance improvement, all in the best interests of our patients.”

Currently the ANCC asks each institution applying for Magnet status to submit a plan on how the organization will achieve an 80-percent rate of nurses with baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing. This target is consistent with The Institute of Medicine’s report on “The Future of Nursing” which recommends an increase in the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees to 80-percent by 2020. MedStar Georgetown is proud to have already met this goal with more than 80-percent of our nurses holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing.

Magnet recognition is bestowed upon an organization for a four-year time frame, and an organization that desires to continue to be recognized must re-apply for the designation.

About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.

MedStar Georgetown’s centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown’s healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.

About The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.

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