Magnet Designation

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of patient care. Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as 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 retention.

In 2021, Springfield Memorial Hospital earned its fourth consecutive Magnet® Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence an accomplishment so prestigious that only 2% of hospitals in the country have done it.

Jacksonville Memorial Hospital was also designated a Magnet hospital in 2009, 2014, 2018, and 2023 the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. The Magnet designation is part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

What makes a Magnet hospital different?

The criteria and processes for being designated as a Magnet hospital are thorough and detailed.  

Magnet Standard: Transformational Leadership and Structural Empowerment

Everyone who works at Memorial has a voice to open doors for new ideas that lead to better healthcare. People who are most directly involved with your care are engaged, motivated and have the power to make your voice heard.

Magnet Standard: Exemplary Professional Practice

Grounded in a culture of safety, quality monitoring and quality improvement, Memorial nurses actively search out new ways to set our highest standards of care even higher. They collaborate with other care providers to ensure care is comprehensive, coordinated and effective.

Magnet Standard: New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

Innovations in patient care, nursing, and the practice environment are the hallmarks of organizations receiving Magnet recognition. Our nursing staff continually participates in continuing education courses and training in the latest advancements in the medical field. Our facilities stay up to date with the latest in medical technology and medical developments.

Magnet Standard: Empirical Outcomes

Lower mortality rates, better patient outcomes, increased patient safety features, higher patient satisfaction and confidence levels, and increased retention of the nation’s best nurses are characteristics of Magnet hospitals that are proven and backed by data and statistics.