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UPMC Magee Celebrates Recognition for Nursing Excellence

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PITTSBURGH UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of its nursing quality, professionalism and teamwork patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.


With this credential, UPMC Magee joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 503 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.


“Magnet recognition is an honor that reflects our tireless commitment to providing the highest quality care to all of our patients and their families day in and day out,” said Patty Genday, chief nursing officer, UPMC Magee. “Our UPMC Magee nurses, employees and providers are among the best in the nation and I am inspired by their dedication to our patients. This recognition perfectly demonstrates their skill, compassion and commitment to nursing excellence and I could not be prouder.”


Considered the gold standard, Magnet recognition is the highest recognition for nursing excellence and is a key factor when those seeking care evaluate health care organizations. The designation also signifies: 


  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure-to-rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses and higher nurse employment retention.


“Magnet recognition is a reflection of the excellence of the entire hospital,” said Richard Beigi, M.D., president, UPMC Magee. “We could not have achieved this prestigious honor without the teamwork of all the departments and services throughout UPMC Magee. This designation validates the commitment our entire team has in creating a collaborative environment where everyone works together to improve the quality of care and the patient experience.”


The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across several components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.


The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership, coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.


To achieve designation, hospitals must pass a stringent and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.