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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Re-Designated with American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition® for a Third Time

ANCC Magnet Recognition is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care

Columbus, OH - 12/8/2014

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services has granted Nationwide Children’s Hospital ANCC Magnet Recognition® for a third time. This prestigious recognition is the ultimate benchmark in nursing excellence and is awarded to only about seven percent of the nation’s more than 6,000 hospitals across the country. Of that number, only one percent has achieved designation on three occasions and Nationwide Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the state of Ohio to earn such a status three times.
“The Magnet® application and review process is rigorous and demands widespread participation from leadership and staff,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Congratulations to our nursing staff for leading the country in evidence-based practice and research. This achievement further solidifies Nationwide Children’s as an organization dedicated to advancing the nursing profession in our pursuit of high quality patient care.”
According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, ANCC Magnet Recognition is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing. Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are granted the esteemed status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation. To reapply for and receive ANCC Magnet Recognition for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital’s resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.
“We are always working here at Nationwide Children’s to hit best outcomes and so we never stop,” said Linda Stoverock, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Nationwide Children’s. “For the patients, they have the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” that nursing is truly among the best here at Nationwide Children’s.”
Nationwide Children’s was the first freestanding pediatric hospital in Ohio to earn the status by the Magnet Recognition Program in April 2005 and earned re-designation in 2009. The latest honor will stand until 2017.
During the last four years, the Magnet Steering Committee and Magnet Champions at Nationwide Children’s worked diligently to compile and submit a 4,906 page re-designation document (January/February 2014) and prepare staff for the Magnet appraisers’ three-day site visit (September 2014).
About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked 7th of only 10 children's hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, has a medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 10,000 employees providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at
About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit

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