08.26.2019

Magnet Hospitals: Dana-Farber Does It Again

Receiving “Magnet” designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center is very hard. After all, of the roughly 6,200 hospitals in the U.S., only 475 have earned Magnet status, which designates a facility that has great nursing outcomes, high job satisfaction, low turnover rates, and a supportive culture.
Once a facility earns Magnet status, it’s equally demanding to maintain it. Hospitals can’t just rest on their laurels but have to undergo periodic reaccreditation.
 
In 2005, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute became the first cancer center in New England to receive Magnet status. Last week it received Magnet status for the fourth consecutive time.
 
“Magnet recognition is really a reflection of the entire hospital. The nurses, the physicians, clinicians, support staff, everyone who is a part of Dana-Farber should be proud of this Magnet designation,” said Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute president and chief executive officer.
 
Of the 475 Magnet hospitals nationwide, nine are in Massachusetts. In addition to Dana-Farber, they are: Baystate Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, South Shore Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital and Winchester Hospital, which are both part of Beth Israel Lahey Health.