Brigham and Women’s Hospital Receives 2nd Magnet Award

Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has once again achieved Magnet accreditation in recognition of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

“The Brigham is honored to receive Magnet designation for the second time in a row,” said Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and executive vice president at Mass General Brigham. “Our nurses, and the Brigham as a whole, are committed to providing the safest and highest-quality care possible to all of our patients. This recognition is a true testament to the terrific work that our nurses do each and every day.”

With this Magnet redesignation, the Brigham continues to be part of an esteemed community of less than 10 percent of hospitals nationwide, 14 of which are in Massachusetts.

“This distinction highlights the exceptional care our nurses provide to our patients and their loved ones,” said Maddy Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “I want to applaud all of our nurses for this richly-deserved recognition that exemplifies the compassion, collaboration, knowledge and excellence that are hallmarks of Brigham nursing. It’s who we are.”

To achieve Magnet® recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous 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. As part of this process, the Brigham submitted a 4,000-plus page application last summer and hosted an on-site visit in late January that encouraged participation and feedback from staff, patients and the public.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its initial recognition.

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