For the second time in its history, Keck Hospital of USC has achieved redesignation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition program.

Magnet hospitals are recognized by the ANCC as possessing the highest level of care, providing benefits to both patients and nurses.

“It’s no secret that those working in the nursing field experience any number of challenges; from long days to the complex needs of patients,” Annette Sy, DNP, RN, NE-BC, chief nursing executive at Keck Medical Center of USC, said in a memo announcing the achievement.

“Their talents, compassion and generosity are on display at all times, and this Magnet redesignation confirms that Keck Hospital possesses the gold standard in nursing excellence.”

Sy offered her gratitude to Keck Hospital nurses, nurse leaders, physicians, Magnet ambassadors and Magnet program director Lacey Lisner.

The Magnet designation confirms that a health care facility not only dispenses the highest standards of patient care, but also incorporates the most up-to-date and innovative practices.

To earn Magnet recognition, organizations must provide ANCC both qualitative and quantitative evidence on patient care and outcomes. ANCC also conducts a site visit to determine whether a facility meets the criteria for Magnet status.

Research has shown that Magnet recognition is associated with positive outcomes such as higher patient satisfaction, lower risk of 30-day mortality and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

— Kevin Joy