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Magnet Recognition

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The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has renamed Hospital for Special Surgery a member of the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services. HSS is the first hospital in New York State to receive four consecutive Magnet designations - the highest honor for nursing excellence.

The designation, first bestowed upon HSS in 2002, renewed in 2007, 2011, and again in 2016, marks the first time any New York State hospital has been honored with a fourth consecutive Magnet designation. Each designation is regarded to be much more difficult to achieve than the last, making this a truly exceptional accomplishment - one that speaks to HSS' efforts to improve patient care.

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services, clinical outcomes, and patient care. Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet® status and to the communities they serve:

  • Magnet®-designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses - resulting in increased stability in patient care and positive patient outcomes.
  • Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high-caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet® status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.
  • Magnet®-designated facilities have lower mortality rates and shorter lengths of stay.
  • Health care consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of nursing standards established by the Magnet Recognition Program®.

The ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and is the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States. HSS' Magnet® status, which includes annual reviews, is valid for four years.

Read the HSS Press Release on this accomplishment.