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UCSF Medical Center Achieves Third Magnet Designation

Dear Colleagues,

Nurses comprise almost one-third of UCSF Health’s employees and enable us to deliver the high-quality, patient-centric care for which we are known. Even in the toughest circumstances, nurses are advocates for our patients, always ensuring our organization is doing its best for patients and families.

That’s why we are especially pleased to announce a well-deserved recognition. UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco have again earned the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Only 9.86% of all registered hospitals in the United States achieve Magnet status, which recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Redesignation takes place every four years, and this is our third time achieving Magnet status. We remain the only hospital in San Francisco to hold this distinction. In addition, all UC Health medical centers have achieved Magnet status. You can read more here.

The requirements to achieve Magnet status are rigorous.

In collaboration with colleagues across the campus and health system, we filed an extensive application document highlighting the leadership, exemplary practice, innovations and commitment to research and education of UCSF nurses. In addition, we outperformed the majority of national benchmarks for our nurse-sensitive indicators. Our document was accepted by ANCC and went straight to site visit with only minor clarifications required, an unusual and incredible achievement.

On September 2, Magnet appraisers completed a four-day visit at our Parnassus, Mount Zion and Mission Bay campuses as well as many of our clinics.

Our organization was commended for several areas of excellence including living our PRIDE Values; appraisers said many staff brought forward examples demonstrating these values are part of our culture. Our anti-racism work, including diversity in hiring at UCSF BCH San Francisco, strength in health informatics, as well as the advanced degrees of UCSF nurses – 91% have a baccalaureate degree or higher – also were highlighted.

We also were recognized for the excellent outcomes of our care at home program, and especially our exemplary evidence-based practices in the ambulatory setting in preventing blood-stream infections.

Designations like Magnet are becoming increasingly important as consumers look for information about where to get their care. US News & World Report and The Leapfrog Group use Magnet status as a primary indicator in their assessments of hospitals.

We want to thank all UCSF nurses, inter-professional care teams, staff, and nurse leadership, including the School of Nursing. Our ability to deliver quality health care and continually elevate the practice of nursing depends on teamwork. It is your partnership that enables us to excel in improving health care for all patients.

Please consider using these Zoom backgrounds to share our pride in receiving this recognition.

Suresh Gunasekaran
President and CEO
UCSF Health

Pat Patton, DNP
System Chief Nurse Executive
UCSF Health