Magnet® Excellence

The First in the Nation's Capital

In 2004, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital was the first hospital in the nation's capital to achieve Magnet® Recognition, a prestigious status granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. We were successfully re-designated in 2008, and again in 2013, and in 2018. We are proud to be part of the elite community of Magnet- recognized hospitals, which represent fewer than eight percent of hospitals across the nation.



What is the Magnet Recognition Program?

Inclusion in the Magnet® Recognition Program reflects demonstrated strength in nursing care, innovative professional nursing practice, and nursing satisfaction. This designation is granted to hospitals by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC). According to ANCC, "Magnet status is not a prize or an award. Rather, it is a credential or organizational recognition of nursing excellence."


Why is Magnet-Recognized Status Important?


For Nurses:

  • Positive work environment
  • High nursing satisfaction
  • Effective nursing recruitment and retention
  • Autonomy in practice
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Nurses employed at Magnet hospitals experienced higher levels of empowerment and job satisfaction as compared to nurses at non-Magnet hospitals.


For Patients:

  • Improved clinical outcomes
  • High patient satisfaction scores
  • Engaged, educated and expert nurses

Over a thirteen–year study period, patients at hospitals included in the Magnet Recognition® Program experienced significantly better outcomes than those receiving care elsewhere.


Our Magnet Timeline



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