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Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Earns Magnet® Recognition, the Highest International Honor for Nursing Excellence

On Wednesday, May 18, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just a small, and select group of U.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition. Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles is the fifth Southern California Kaiser Permanente hospital to receive the honor following Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center’s designation in September 2021.

“Magnet recognition reflects our nurses’ commitment to delivering extraordinary care to our members while transforming the lives of people in the communities we are privileged to serve,” said Lilit Zibari, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente West LA Medical Center. “We are extremely grateful to the nursing staff and leaders who played a part in helping us achieve Magnet designation, especially as we faced various challenges in health care over the past couple of years. It is a true honor to receive this prestigious designation.”

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, nursing teams, and staff.

“A Magnet hospital is distinguished by its ‘magnetic’ culture where nurses and clinical staff collaborate within an environment that fosters creative ideas, professional development, and evidence-based practices,” said Michelle Hook, RN, MSN, Chief Nurse Executive, Kaiser Permanente West LA Medical Center. “I am honored and grateful to be part of such a dynamic team, and I look forward to achieving many more milestones together.”

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges 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 Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 12.5 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. For more information, go to

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