Monday, May 13, 2013

Massachusetts General Hospital Receives Highest Nursing Credential With Prestigious Magnet® Recognition … Again

Recognition reinforces commitment to providing nursing excellence

BOSTON – The Massachusetts General Hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our community,” says Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nurse. “Our achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve. I thank each and every member of the MGH community for their hard work and commitment to excellence every single day.”

In 2003, the MGH became the first hospital in the state to earn Magnet status from the ANCC, which has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges 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. To date, fewer than 7 percent of all U.S. hospitals have received this recognition. Research demonstrates that Magnet hospitals have better patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and nursing satisfaction, as well as lower RN turnover.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an onsite visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet reviews the completed appraisal report and votes to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

“We’re a better institution today because of the Magnet recognition we first achieved 10 years ago,” says Marianne Ditomassi, RN, DNP, MBA, executive director of Patient Care and Magnet Recognition at Mass General.  “It has raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet facility, and it’s why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today."

About the Massachusetts General Hospital
The Massachusetts General Hospital ( is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of nearly $700 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, reproductive biology, systems biology, transplantation biology and photomedicine. For additional information about its 200-year history, visit

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 health care 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

Media contact: Colleen Marshall at or call 617-726-0275.

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