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Downey, Calif., September 30, 2021 (republished March 31, 2023)
Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center received Magnet® Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The honor was bestowed on the Southeast Los Angeles County facility in recognition of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superior patient care.
With this credential, the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 570 U.S. health care organizations (out of 6,090 U.S. hospitals) have achieved Magnet recognition. Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center is the fourth Kaiser Permanente hospital to receive the honor following Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center’s designation in June 2021.
“Magnet recognition is the result of our nurses’ commitment to the professional practice of nursing and to providing the exceptional care every day,” said Payman Roshan, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center. “We couldn’t be prouder that this distinction was given to our nurses. They are the ones delivering extraordinary care to our patients and are transforming the lives of our communities.”
The ANCC describes its Magnet Recognition Program® as recognizing health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, a virtual visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.
“We are honored to serve as the gold standard for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes,” said Elizabeth Adams, DNP, MSN, RN NEA-BC, chief nurse executive, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center. “With the achievement of four Best Practice Exemplars under Magnet, we affirm to boldly advance clinical outcomes through innovations in excellence, rigorous scientific inquiry, and exemplary nursing practice. The Magnet designation represents a culture rich with passion, commitment, and autonomy in the workplace, and Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center embodies that.”
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public chooses health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit https://nars.nursecredentialing.org/magnet/.