Friday, December 27, 2013 - Winchester Medical Center Receives Prestigious Magnet® Recognition Again
Winchester Medical Center has again attained Magnet® recognition, the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. The voluntary Magnet Recognition Program® for hospitals is administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Less than 7% of all registered hospitals nationwide have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition status.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our regional community,” said Anne Whiteside, WMC Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer. “To earn Magnet recognition the first time was quite an accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. To achieve this credential for another four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

In sharing the news with WMC leadership, Magnet Commission Chairwoman Deb Zimmerman explained that Magnet re-designation is not a given, but is an “arduous process” made more challenging by its laser focus on patient outcomes. Magnet surveyors who visited WMC in mid-August were particularly impressed with several hospital-wide safety initiatives which comprise, said Zimmerman, “a multi-faceted, proactive safety risk identification program that goes beyond what we have heard from any other organization.”

“Magnet is not a destination, it’s a journey,” noted Mark H. Merrill, WMC CEO, “guiding how the organization provides outstanding care, makes patients safer, and improves the health of the community. We are a better institution today because of the Magnet recognition we achieved in 2008,” he continued. “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 be a Magnet hospital today.”

The Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes through which ANCC can gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care including the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care. 

“This re-designation is the result of organization-wide effort to enhance care for our community through performance improvement and research, collaboration and community outreach,” said Whiteside.

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 healthcare 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