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Jacksonville Memorial Hospital Earns Fourth Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence


The American Nurses Credentialing Center honored the nonprofit hospital, part of Memorial Health, with its Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services designation.

“This recognition is a tremendous honor and a reflection of the high achievement and professionalism of our nursing teams. Their passion and commitment to excellent nursing is second to none,” said Leanna Wynn, chief nursing officer at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital. “This achievement underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our colleagues to meet the health care needs of those we serve.”

Jacksonville Memorial Hospital submitted a 1,200-page application and supporting evidence in October 2022. The documentation was reviewed in depth by three Magnet program appraisers from across the United States, who then conducted a three-day virtual site visit at the hospital on March 22-24 and interacted with more than 100 nursing staff members as well as physicians, organizational leaders and patients and their families.

“Achieving Magnet designation four times reflects the exceptional level of care Jacksonville Memorial Hospital nurses deliver to each of our patients and their loved ones,” said Trevor Huffman, Jacksonville Memorial Hospital president and CEO. “Magnet recognition raises the bar for patient care and inspires every member of the JMH team to achieve excellence every day. I extend my thanks to all JMH colleagues, physicians and leadership for working together to achieve this prestigious redesignation.”

Jacksonville Memorial Hospital first achieved Magnet status in 2009, followed by redesignations in 2014 and 2018.

Recognized as the gold standard for nursing excellence, the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program honors health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adhere to more than 100 national standards for excellence in patient outcomes and the delivery of nursing services.

Standards of nursing care evaluated by the Magnet program include nursing leadership and clinical expertise, support for professional development and national certification of staff, commitment to quality of care and emphasis on teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The ANCC developed the Magnet Recognition Program in 1990 to recognize hospitals that provide the best nursing care and support professional nursing practice. The program also provides a network for nurses around the nation to communicate successful practices and strategies.