UW Medical Center first hospital to earn 6 Magnet designations

The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle has become the first hospital in the world to earn six Magnet designations for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

UW Medical Center was also the first hospital to earn Magnet designation in 1994 and has consistently recertified its designation since then. To be recognized as a Magnet facility, hospitals must meet rigorous criteria, including adherence to practice standards and having an established system for quality improvement.

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"This recognition is viewed around the world as the ultimate seal of quality and confidence," said Grace Parker, RN, UW Medical Center's CNO. "Magnet organizations are recognized for superior nursing processes and patient care, which leads to high levels of patient satisfaction."

Less than 8 percent of U.S. hospitals currently hold Magnet designation.

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