At the Forefront of Nursing: Magnet Designation

In early 2018, the University of Chicago Medicine received the most prestigious recognition in nursing. Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) honors health care organizations that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing excellence. The ANCC evaluates professional performance in evidence-based practice, research, education, ethics, leadership and collaboration.

“Nurses are the backbone of our organization, and the level of interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork at UChicago Medicine is second-to-none,” said Sharon O’Keefe, University of Chicago Medical Center president. “Magnet designation provides external validation for the excellent care our nurses have provided for years, as well as the continuing strides we make every day to improve care, quality and safety for our patients.”

UChicago Medicine has always been committed to advancing the professional practice of nursing to ensure the highest quality of care for our  patients. Through the Magnet designation process, which began almost six years ago, we determined that providing more resources to our nurses empowered them to drive improvements in care.  At UChicago Medicine, nurses are engaged in transformational leadership to improve evidence-based practices, patient satisfaction, interdisciplinary care coordination, organizational structures and more.


“Every member of our team brings immense value to the care we provide. It is only by working together that we are able to provide the best quality care,” said Debra Albert, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president, Patient Care Services, and chief nursing officer. “I’m incredibly proud of our nursing staff who work together to provide the best care to our patients and their families.”

Nursing’s influence at the University of Chicago Medicine is seen through improving patient outcomes and patient satisfaction. Magnet recognizes organizations that align nursing strategic goals with the enterprise-wide mission to improve lives. Nurses play integral roles in helping to determine workflow in their units and throughout the institution, plus they play an important role in advancing nursing research and best practices in the community.

“At the center of outstanding patient care is outstanding nursing care. Our nurses are absolutely fantastic,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, dean and University of Chicago executive vice president for Medical Affairs. “Only about 8% of hospitals in the country have achieved Magnet designation, so it is truly an honor that UChicago Medicine has been recognized for fostering a culture in which we empower nurses to further their professional education and lead care initiatives.”