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Children’s Minnesota receives Magnet Recognition Program® designation

Children’s is the only free-standing pediatric system in the state to be recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing.

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – (March 1, 2018) – Children’s Minnesota is pleased to announce that it has received the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Considered the gold standard in nursing excellence, Magnet designation recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Presently only 8 percent of hospitals nationally have earned this designation, including only three other health systems in Minnesota.

“We are extremely proud that Children’s Minnesota has been recognized by the Magnet Recognition Program® for the extraordinary level of care our clinical nurses provide,” said Rachael Lamsal, MSN, RN, NE-BC, clinical excellence program manager at Children’s Minnesota. “It is an honor for the entire Children’s team to be recognized for the safe, quality, innovative and patient- and family-centered care we provide for each child we see.”

Developed by ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. To achieve Magnet designation, organizations must pass a rigorous and extensive process, requiring multidisciplinary participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with submission of a detailed electronic application, followed by written documentation which included examples from across the organization including quality data and patient and nurse satisfaction scores. It is followed by an on-site review process and appraisal report, and then a final vote on whether Magnet recognition is granted. Magnet hospitals must undergo re-evaluation every four years to retain the designation.

“The Magnet designation process has involved many teams from across the organization that have helped highlight the value of nursing — to patients and families, the organization, and the community,” said Marc Gorelick, MD, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Minnesota. “This designation serves as a benchmark to our community to measure the quality of nursing care at Children’s Minnesota and continues to raise the bar for the pediatric health care in our region.”

According to the ANCC, Magnet hospitals improve patient care, safety and satisfaction. They also experience increased nursing job satisfaction rates, recruitment and retention.

About Children’s Minnesota
Children’s Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Additionally, Children’s is Minnesota’s only Level I pediatric trauma center inside a hospital dedicated solely to children. Children’s maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital. Please visit

Hayley Sitz