For the third time, WVU Healthcare has been re-designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet Recognition Program honors healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Employees react to the announcement that WVU Healthcare has received its third Magnet designation.

WVU Healthcare became the first and only West Virginia hospital to achieve such recognition when it was originally honored with a Magnet designation in 2005. The organization received the recognition again in 2009, and with the most recent recognition, it remains the state’s only Magnet-designated hospital.

"It is a tremendous point of pride for us to have once again achieved Magnet designation at WVU Healthcare. Magnet designation is a symbol of not only nursing excellence and leadership but of our organizational commitment to outstanding patient care," said WVUH President and CEO Albert Wright. "It is one of the the most difficult certifications to achieve in the healthcare industry, and our dedicated team has done it again."

“We are very proud to be the only hospital in West Virginia to receive. This recognition is not only about nursing excellence, but it’s also about organizational excellence,” Dottie Oakes, RN, WVU Healthcare chief nursing officer, said. “Nursing is the largest healthcare workforce, and the more developed and educated nurses are, the better the outcomes and patient care.”

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Employees react to the announcement that WVU Healthcare has received its third Magnet designation.