Hospital for Special Surgery is First Hospital in New York State to Achieve Magnet® Recognition for Fourth Consecutive Time

Nursing Staff Exemplifies Highest Standards of Patient Care

New York, NY—April 28, 2016

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has become the first hospital in New York State to achieve a fourth consecutive Magnet® designation, the highest award for nursing excellence, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare institutions for superior nursing processes and quality patient care, which lead to the highest levels of safety, quality and patient satisfaction. It is widely accepted as the gold standard for nursing industry-wide.

"Our nurses are at the heart of every aspect of patient care," said Stephanie Goldberg, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at HSS. "Each and every one of them plays an integral role in our collaborative team approach here at HSS. We are privileged to have high nurse recruitment and retention rates, high job satisfaction and an excellent nurse-to-patient ratio."

Nurse leaders at HSS use the Magnet Model to strategically identify goals and initiatives and create accurate measures of success.

HSS was the first hospital in Manhattan to receive a Magnet designation in 2002. The designation was renewed in 2007, 2011 and now in 2016.

"People from more than 100 countries and 50 states come to HSS for an outstanding patient experience provided by a world-class team," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO at HSS. "I want to congratulate the highly-skilled nursing staff for their daily dedication, commitment to excellence and for staying true to the HSS mission."

"As physicians, we work alongside our nurses who really are the around-the-clock support system for our patients," said Todd J. Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS. "This strong collaboration ensures that we deliver the highest quality of care resulting in optimal patient outcomes."

Achieving Magnet status helps hospitals attract and retain top talent and also improve patient care, safety and satisfaction. Moreover, Magnet provides a framework for quality improvement and a structured means to engage staff in decision-making, fostering a collaborative culture across the hospital.

Nurses are encouraged to create positive change through initiatives such as HSS' Nurse Residency program and the Community Education Program, where nurses go out into the community to teach older adults about self-care.




About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at


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