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Friday, October 22, 2021

AHN Jefferson Hospital Earns Prestigious Magnet® Recognition, the Nation’s Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence

JEFFERSON HILLS, PA – Jefferson Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN), has achieved Magnet ® recognition status, reflecting its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

AHN Jefferson is one of only 9 percent of hospitals – out of more than 6,300 nationwide - to achieve Magnet recognition, a testament to Jefferson’s dedication to high-quality nursing practice. This distinguished honor is bestowed to healthcare organizations by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for meeting rigorous standards for nursing excellence and is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous accomplishment for AHN Jefferson and is a reflection of the outstanding talents, experience and unwavering dedication of our nurses who provide high quality of care delivered with exceptional compassion to our patients and their families,” said Joy M. Peters, DNP, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Jefferson Hospital. “We are so proud of everyone on our nursing team for achieving this distinguished, much-deserved honor.”

Research has shown that Magnet designated healthcare organizations demonstrate:

·       Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.

·       Lower risk of 30-day patient mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.

·       Higher job satisfaction among nurses.

·       Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a significant factor in public perceptions about health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that includes widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes submission of an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition. 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.

“The process of attaining Magnet recognition has taken our excellent care at Jefferson Hospital to new heights,” said Jefferson Magnet Program Director Ian Stasko, MSN, RN. “Magnet raises the bar for patient care, inspiring our team to strive for higher standards, to think critically and creatively and to ensure our patients receive the very best care at all times.”

“Magnet recognition is the ultimate benchmark for nursing excellence and the quality of care that patients and communities can expect at healthcare organizations where this honor is achieved.  They can be assured the nurses who practice at Magnet facilities meet the very highest of standards in quality and care delivery,” said Claire Zangerle, DPN, RN, FAAN, AHN’s Chief Nurse Executive.  “At AHN, we are proud of all our nursing teams throughout the network and look forward to achieving this important recognition at each hospital and in our ambulatory care facilities.  We are thrilled that the nurses at AHN Jefferson have helped us take another great step forward in that journey.”  

Jefferson is AHN’s second Magnet hospital, joining West Penn Hospital in earning that designation.


About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice.

The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor 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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