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UCLA Designated a National Magnet Hospital


UCLA awarded redesignation as a National Magnet Hospital

Date: September 24, 2010

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earns top honor for nursing excellence

The Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has redesignated Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as a Magnet hospital - one of only 372 hospitals worldwide to achieve this prestigious distinction for excellence in nursing services and patient care. 

A subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, the ANCC is the world's largest and most influential nurse credentialing organization. By recognizing outstanding patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides health consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring the quality of care they can expect to receive. 

To preserve Magnet status, designated hospitals must maintain rigorous standards and undergo an extensive reevaluation process every four years.  

"Magnet recognition is nursing's top honor and accepted as the gold standard in nursing excellence," said Heidi Crooks, R.N., M.A., chief nursing officer and senior associate director of operations and patient care services at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. "To achieve Magnet status is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses and staff. To retain Magnet recognition for an additional four years conveys our health care team's commitment to caring, to compassion, to connecting with our patients - and to each other. Together we have created an extraordinary environment of healing and excellence." 

When U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual "America's Best Hospitals" ranking, being an ANCC Magnet organization contributes to the hospital's total score for quality of inpatient care. In the 2010 listing, eight of the top 10 medical centers featured in the prestigious "Honor Roll" were Magnet-recognized hospitals, including Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 

The hospital's redesignation is confirmation of its ongoing mission to deliver the highest level of care currently available in nursing. 

"In today's complex medical environment, it is increasingly important that consumers become familiar with the Magnet designation so they can seek out the best health care providers available," Crooks said. "Magnet is a seal of approval for quality nursing care." 

UCLA Medical Center now a National Magnet Hospital

Date: October 17, 2005

We are pleased and proud to recognize the Department of Nursing at the UCLA Medical Center on the occasion of our hospital's designation as a Magnet Hospital. Only a select group of hospitals in the U.S. earns this honor. There presently are 169 Magnet hospitals in the U.S., with 7 of them in California.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, began the official Magnet recognition program in 1994. The program honors hospitals that act as a "magnet" force for attracting nurses by creating and sustaining a work environment that recognizes and rewards them for outstanding clinical practice and close collaboration between Nursing and the rest of the hospital organization. Magnet Hospital designation is the highest and most prestigious honor an organization can receive for excellence in nursing and quality patient care.

Magnet status honors the excellence of Nursing at UCLA but it also is recognition of the importance of collaboration among all our departments. Without a team of great physicians, pharmacists, therapists, technicians and support staff from all areas we would not have received this award. Magnet status communicates to consumers and other health care professionals that the UCLA Medical Center's highest priorities are the care we provide to our customers and the positive, professional practice of our employees.

As we continue to celebrate the Medical Center's first 50 years of leading healthcare, it is fitting that our staff have earned Magnet recognition for our hospital. We congratulate all of you who have worked so hard on this process and look forward to your continued success. Thank you for your commitment to UCLA.

Additional information about the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program is available at www.ana.org/ancc/magnet/index.html.