June 10, 2019
Recognition for the third time reinforces a commitment to nursing excellence.
Fredericksburg, VA (June 6, 2019) — Mary Washington Hospital attained
Magnet recognition again in May 2019, a testament to its continued dedication
to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s
Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations
that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is
the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.
Receiving Magnet recognition for the third time is a great achievement
for Mary Washington Hospital, as it continues to proudly belong to the
global community of Magnet recognized organizations. Just 492 U.S. health
care organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment
to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said
Eileen Dohmann, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Mary
Washington Healthcare. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great
accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated
achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence
and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet
the health care needs of the people we serve.”
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits
to health care 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.
- Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a
factor when the public judge’s 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
The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential
to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing
leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well
as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
To achieve initial 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 documentation
of examples of nursing practice and processes that support the Magnet
standards, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet
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 2015 recognition.
“We’re a better organization today because of the Magnet recognition
we first achieved in 2009,” said Ms. Dohmann. “Magnet recognition
raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team
to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our
community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet-recognized
organization, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain Magnet
About Mary Washington Healthcare
Mary Washington Healthcare is a fully integrated, regional medical system
that provides inpatient and outpatient care through over 50 facilities
including Mary Washington Hospital, a 451-bed regional medical center,
and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community hospital. Mary Washington Healthcare
is a not-for-profit health system with a longstanding commitment to provide
care regardless of ability to pay. For more information about our services
and facilities, visit mwhc.com.
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 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