East Tennessee Region’s Only Magnet Hospital

The American Nurse Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Organizations that achieve Magnet recognition are part of an esteemed group that demonstrates superior nursing practice and outcomes. Visit here for more information.

The Magnet Recognition Program® provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole organization. To nurses, Magnet recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.

 Some benefits of Magnet according to ANCC:

  • Highest standard of care for patients
  • Business growth and financial success
  • Team members who feel motivated and valued

While the benefits of Magnet speak for themselves, the journey to and redesignation of Magnet requires real dedication. By continually evaluating strengths, weaknesses, and performance in relation to the Magnet model, our organization is empowered to make the right changes. The result is an environment which inspires nurses to work together, to advance health care for all. The University of Tennessee Medical Center is one of four hospitals/systems in Tennessee with Magnet designation. There are almost 6,000 hospitals in the U.S., but only around 8% of them have earned this special recognition.

Initial Magnet Designation – October 17, 2011

2nd Magnet Designation – July 20, 2016

“It is such an honor to receive and maintain this designation” said Janell Cecil, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “Our nurses, physicians and other clinicians at the medical center work tirelessly to continuously improve our care processes on behalf of the patients. Achieving Magnet status demonstrates to all our patients, their families and the community, the expertise and compassion given by our talented and dedicated nursing staff and other clinicians. We are honored to achieve this designation.”

 On the journey toward the 3rd designation…

Magnet status is a four-year designation and to maintain the benefits of this Magnet designation, we must continue with the rigorous standards throughout the duration of the recognition. The Magnet designation does not expire while the re-appraisal process is being carried out. The journey continues…