The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle recently became the first hospital in the world to earn six Magnet designations for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
UW Medicine also noted UW Medical Center was also the first hospital to earn Magnet designation in 1994 and has been continuously recertified since then.
“This recognition is viewed around the world as the ultimate seal of quality and confidence,” said Grace Parker, UW Medical Center’s chief nursing officer. “Magnet organizations are recognized for superior nursing processes and patient care, which leads to high levels of patient satisfaction.”
Less than 8% of U.S. hospitals currently carry the Magnet designation. Currently 446 hospitals, including seven outside of the United States, claim the Magnet designation. Australia, in 2004, became home to the first non-U.S. hospital so recognized.