HackensackUMC Receives Fifth Magnet Designation – One of Two in the Nation

Hackensack University Medical Center has announced that it has received its fifth Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center—making the medical center just one of two hospitals in the entire nation to achieve this feat. After a rigorous three-day site visit by the Magnet Appraisal Team in December, they unanimously re-designated HackensackUMC as a Magnet hospital for its 20th consecutive year.

“We are so proud to be just one of two hospitals in the country to receive our fifth Magnet designation,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “This designation is world-renown for being synonymous with superior patient care that is effective and compassionate. Congratulations to Dianne Aroh, executive vice president and chief nursing and patient care officer at HackensackUMC, and our entire team for their dedication to achieving re-designation.”

HackensackUMC became the first hospital in the country – outside of a pilot program – to receive Magnet designation. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. It is the highest recognition that can be bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Today, there are a total of 24 Magnet-designated hospitals in New Jersey and 397 worldwide.

"This re-designation was truly a multidisciplinary, group effort: Out of many, we are truly one organization, " said Aroh. "Our entire HackensackUMC team did an outstanding job leading up to and during the Magnet Appraisal Team’s site visit. Every day, our nurses and patient caregivers provide exceptional care to our patients, and we are honored to be recognized with this prestigious distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center."

The Magnet Appraisal Team’s site visit consisted of guided tours and observations, as well as document review. The Appraisal Team also took part in scheduled meetings with members of HackensackUMC’s executive leadership team, nursing leadership team, nurse managers, staff nurses, shared governance council leaders, educators,

Quality/Performance Improvement and Safety teams, Human Resources Team, and University Partners. The healthcare team further demonstrated its diversity with a sampling from numerous disciplines throughout the organization, including: nurses, physicians, pharmacists, military personnel, AirMed One flight nurses, volunteers, and paramedics.