Mount Sinai Hospital Celebrates Redesignation of American Nurses Credentialing Center's Prestigious Magnet Award

The redesignation for an additional four years is considered the gold standard for nursing. Mount Sinai is among the rare 2 percent of hospitals to achieve this feat.

New York, NY
 – May 1, 2009 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Hospital, the first full-service hospital in New York City to achieve redesignation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Award, formally received the prestigious honor on Wednesday, April 29th. The redesignation for an additional four years, from 2009 to 2013, is considered the gold standard for nursing excellence. Only six percent of hospitals in the nation have received Magnet designation, and only two percent have received redesignation. Jeanne Floyd, PhD, RN, CAE, Executive Director of the ANCC, presented the award to Mount Sinai.

Mount Sinai is distinguished by the compassion and expertise of our nurses and this award is a testament to their talent, said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "We are very proud of our nurses, and congratulate them on this significant achievement."

The Magnet Award reflects the quality of nursing care at Mount Sinai and underscores our reputation for clinical excellence, says Wayne Keathley, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital. "I am proud to work with such an extraordinary community of nurses."

Collaboration, caring, and excellence are enduring characteristics of Magnet Nursing, says Carol Porter, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Nursing. "Redesignation identifies Mount Sinai as an institution where nurses grow professionally and are committed to consistently improving the quality of care they provide to patients and families."

Magnet, as the word would suggest, attracts attention, says Michael McCarry, Senior Vice President of Perioperative Services. "It attracts the best staff who want to work in centers of excellence, and most importantly, it attracts patients who want the best care and seek out those centers."

Redesignation is more challenging than the original application process. ANCC requires documented evidence of how the Magnet standards were sustained and improved during the four-year period since the original award was given. Nurses at all levels of practice were involved in the survey and demonstrated to the surveyors that Mount Sinai nurses are leaders in the delivery of health care.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic-science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.