Magnet Designation

Magnet Designation

PinnacleHealth and its dedicated nursing staff are proud to be named a Magnet hospitals. We are the only hospital in central Pennsylvania to receive this certification twice. The Magnet Prize®, awarded by the independent American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the highest national recognition for nursing excellence. 

What is the Magnet Recognition Program®?

In the early 1990s, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) created the Magnet Recognition Program and continues administering it today. The program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Magnet status is granted only to hospitals that undergo a rigorous, voluntary evaluation process to demonstrate that they meet certain standards for care and practice.

PinnacleHealth received its initial Magnet designation in 2006 and achieved its second designation September 2011.

What does Magnet Recognition mean for patients?

High standards of quality patient care
The standards of excellence set by the ANCC encourage high-quality patient care. Research has shown that Magnet hospitals achieve higher levels of patient satisfaction and lower mortality and complication rates.

Excellent nursing services
Magnet recognition rewards excellence in nursing.

Professional work environment
By promoting learning and professional growth for nurses, Magnet hospitals foster a positive environment.

The process to achieve Magnet recognition requires years of effort and collaboration between hospital departments, physicians, nurses and other staff at all levels. A Magnet hospital functions well as a team.

Attract and retain highly qualified nurses
Magnet status demonstrates to nurses that a hospital provides opportunities for professional growth, and a positive environment for patient care.

As a nurse, you will notice a number of benefits stemming from PinnacleHealth’s Magnet designation, including:

High standards of patient care, which means higher levels of patient satisfaction and lower mortality and complication rates.

Excellent nursing services resulting from our ability to recruit and retain the best nurses.

A professional work environment with a commitment to professional growth and learning for our nurses.

Teamwork resulting from the extensive collaboration between hospital departments and physicians.

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