UMMC Achieves Magnet Re-Designation for 2014-2018

For immediate release: May 14, 2014

BALTIMORE – The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) today re-designated the University of Maryland Medical Center as a Magnet hospital. Only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide currently hold this designation.

Magnet status recognizes hospitals that sustain nursing excellence, support evidence-based practice and demonstrate outstanding patient outcomes. UMMC first received Magnet designation in 2009. All Magnet hospitals must reapply every four years if they wish to gain re-designation. After a lengthy application and documentation process, a team of appraisers from the ANCC conducted a site visit at UMMC in early April.

"Magnet is the gold standard in nursing. However, we could not have achieved it in 2009 and again this year without the broader collaboration we have with every other department in the Medical Center," said Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, FAAN, senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer.

"Our site visit was conducted by a savvy and seasoned appraisal team," Rowen said. "They told us that if they wanted to return to work at the bedside, they would love to work here. More important, they told us that if they or their loved ones needed to be hospitalized, they would want to be admitted here because of the nursing excellence they witnessed."

The official word of the re-designation came during a phone call witnessed by dozens of UMMC nurses, leaders and other staff. Rowen had arranged to have the phone call piped into the Medical Center Auditorium to hear the news along with her staff, who erupted in cheers when the news was delivered by Deborah Zimmerman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chair of the Commission on Magnet Recognition. Zimmerman said the commission's decision to re-designate UMMC was unanimous.

Zimmerman said the commission and appraisers described UMMC as a national model in two areas in particular: a governance structure that allows nurses to contribute to improvements in patient care and safety, and a culture that encourages and supports nurses to seek advanced degrees and training.