University Designated a Magnet Hospital

AUGUSTA, GA. (March 16, 2016) – University Hospital has been re-designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for a third time after a rigorous review and certification process. University is one of only six Magnet facilities in Georgia and the only one in our community.

The ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services is considered one of the highest honors that can be received for outstanding achievement in nursing.

“We are extremely proud of our entire staff, which has worked so hard for this achievement,” said Lynda Watts, vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at University Hospital. “This award not only means that University has great nurses, but it means we have a great team – an entire hospital working together every day to provide the best care for our patients.”

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing. Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation. To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital’s resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.

Research shows that Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and retaining quality nurses because of ANCC’s high expectations of credentialed hospitals. Magnet is the seal of approval for quality nursing care, according to James Davis, President/CEO of University Health Care System.

“I am very proud of our fantastic nursing staff,” Mr. Davis said. “This honor exemplifies University Hospital’s continued commitment to provide the highest-quality care for our patients. Our nurses are leaders in the industry, and I would put them up against any and all nurses from across the country.”