In 2003, Mass General became the first hospital in the state to earn Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). To date, fewer than 9 percent of all hospitals in the United States have received this recognition. The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the ANCC to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies.

Research demonstrates that Magnet hospitals have better patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and nursing satisfaction, as well as lower RN turnover, and it has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. Today, Magnet designation is taken into consideration in the US News Best Hospitals Honor Roll, Leapfrog Hospital Survey, and by the public when judging health care organizations. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. Mass General was redesignated in 2007 and again in 2013.

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