Jefferson Awarded Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence


Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Center City Campus, has been granted MAGNET® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) MAGNET Recognition Program®. ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

Less than five percent of the hospitals in the nation have achieved the sought-after MAGNET recognition which honors superior patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Highly regarded as the “gold standard” of nursing excellence, MAGNET recognition provides a benchmark by which consumers and patients can measure the quality of care they can expect to receive at a hospital.  Hospitals that achieve MAGNET recognition are associated with improved patient care outcomes as well as attracting top notch physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals.

“Jefferson is extremely proud of the high caliber of our nurses and the exceptional care they provide to patients,” remarked Mary Ann McGinley, PhD, RN, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “MAGNET status enhances our reputation as a center of excellence.”

Thomas J. Lewis, David McQuaid, Mary Ann McGinley, and Robert Adelson

Thomas J. Lewis, David McQuaid, Mary Ann McGinley, and Robert Adelson

“Through our journey to achieve MAGNET status, the significant contributions that our nurses make to the profession are even more evident,” Dr. McGinley noted.  “In their everyday practice, Jefferson nurses apply their clinical knowledge, expertise and research to improve care and to create an environment of excellence for our patients.”

Hospitals applying to the MAGNET Recognition Program must demonstrate and document along with sources of evidence that the fundamental characteristics identified as the “14 Forces of Magnetism” are internalized within the institution.  Organizational structure, quality of nursing care and the professional environment are vigorously evaluated. Jefferson’s 1200-page MAGNET application document filled 10 volumes which included written narratives, exhibits and demographics. MAGNET organizations must provide annual monitoring reports and apply for re-designation every four years.

“MAGNET recognition further strengthens Jefferson’s position as a leader of quality care and nursing excellence,” commented Thomas J. Lewis, Jefferson’s president and chief executive officer.  “Jefferson is honored to be among the best in the country for both medical and nursing services.  It’s why patients choose Jefferson.”