In April 2008, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore received the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) highest honor for nursing excellence, making it the first and only community/teaching hospital in Maryland to carry the elite "Magnet" designation.
After an intense application and review process, Sinai Hospital joined a distinguished list of Magnet hospitals nationwide, including Duke University Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina; Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota; and the Cleveland Clinic. The Magnet Recognition Program® designation is held by only 287 hospitals of the more than 6,000 eligible health care organizations in the country.
In November 2013 Sinai Hospital was redesignated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a "Magnet" hospital. The redesignation process involved meeting 60 standards within five headings:
- Transformational leadership
- Structural empowerment
- Exemplary professional practice
- New knowledge
- Innovations and improvement
- Empirical outcomes
Over 600 bedside nurses across the units at Sinai were interviewed, and after the long process Deborah Zimmermann, chair of the commission on Magnet, said that the redesignation vote was unanimous! Read more in the press release.
The Magnet Recognition Program®, developed in 1990 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recognizes excellence in quality patient care, nursing leadership and innovations in professional nursing practice. Additionally, Magnet hospitals demonstrate adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care, leadership of the nurse executive in supporting professional development of every nurse, and incorporating cultural and ethnic diversity of patients and their families.
In this 2013 video the Sinai Hospital nursing team learns that it has earned redesignation Magnet status by ANCC.
In this 2008 video, the nurses at Sinai describe what it means to work in a Magnet hospital.