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Valley Health Winchester Medical Center (WMC) Earns Magnet Designation for Third Time

Valley Health Winchester Medical Center (WMC) Earns Magnet Designation for Third Time

Valley Health Winchester Medical Center (WMC) has achieved Magnet recognition for the third time, a testament to its continued commitment to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. Magnet designation is the highest honor for professional nursing practice.

Clinical practice in a Magnet hospital is grounded in a culture of safety, quality monitoring, evidence-based practice and quality improvement. Valley Health Winchester Medical Center is one of only 23 hospitals in Virginia and 7% of hospitals nationwide (378 out of 6,300) to achieve Magnet designation. Only nine of Virginia’s Magnet hospitals have been designated three times.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to nursing excellence and delivering the highest quality of care to our community,” said Mark H. Merrill, President and CEO of Valley Health System. “To achieve Magnet recognition the first time was a tremendous accomplishment and source of pride for our nurses and health system. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to bring the best health care to the people we serve.”

Since our first Magnet recognition ten years ago, Winchester Medical Center continues to focus on a variety of elements 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.

“Magnet is more than a nursing designation; it is a hospital designation,” said Grady W. (Skip) Philips, III, President, Valley Health Winchester Medical Center and Senior Vice President, Valley Health. “It reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire interdisciplinary team — a team that works together in a collaborative way to achieve excellence in patient care each day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that first helped us become a Magnet-recognized organization, and it’s why we continue to maintain Magnet recognition ten years later.”

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates hospital applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. In its recent application, WMC cited ninety-nine unique examples of how nursing worked together with interdisciplinary partners and highlighted the hospital’s dedication to quality outcomes for patients and a work culture that values teamwork and cooperation.

Winchester Medical Center“I am so proud of our team for their commitment to meet and exceed these high standards,” said Anne Whiteside, BSN, MBA, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Valley Health Winchester Medical Center. “The Magnet application process gets more rigorous each time, requiring evidence to substantiate all of our work. As we look back on our original designation, we can appreciate how we have expanded our impact in many settings of care and improved our collaboration with others to offer our patients the best care possible. The reviewers spoke highly of our clinicians, our culture, and our commitment to serving the community.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. 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.

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies 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