Jefferson Health in New Jersey Achieves Magnet® Recognition

August 16, 2018

Jefferson Health’s New Jersey-based hospitals (in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, formerly Kennedy University Hospital) have achieved Magnet® recognition, becoming the first hospitals in Camden and Gloucester counties to receive what is considered the gold standard for nursing excellence.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence and is a reflection of their nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. With this credential, Jefferson Health in New Jersey joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 477 Magnet-recognized U.S. healthcare organizations, out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals, have achieved Magnet recognition, placing Jefferson’s New Jersey hospitals on an elite list of top nursing hospitals in the country. The Magnet designation includes the two Jefferson Health Outpatient Dialysis Centres (in Voorhees and Washington Township, NJ); the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township, and its Surgical Center in Washington Township.

“Magnet designation provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Clinical Services for Jefferson Health in New Jersey. “On behalf of all of our nurses and support staff, we are extremely proud to be among this elite group of hospitals.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition also provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their patients, such as higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, a lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure-to-rescue rates, and higher job satisfaction among nurses.
“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of patient care to our community,” said Joseph W. Devine, FACHE, President, New Jersey Division, and Executive Vice President of Hospital & Health Services at Jefferson Health. “The prestigious recognition showcases our never-wavering commitment to high-quality, safe care.” 

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judge’s 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.
The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurements of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. 

These include quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care. 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, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition. Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals join Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience; Jefferson Methodist Hospital, and Abington Hospital as Magnet-recognized.

About Jefferson Health

Jefferson Health, home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, is reimagining health care in the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey. Jefferson’s dedicated team of doctors, nurses, health professionals and staff provides a range of primary to highly-specialized care through 14 hospitals (seven Magnet®-designated for nursing excellence), more than 50 outpatient and urgent care locations, the NCI-esignated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Magee Rehabilitation and the JeffConnect® telemedicine program. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Jefferson’s academic health center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc., with 10 specialties receiving a national ranking for the 2018-2019 report.  Jefferson Health’s mission is to improve the health of those patients and communities it is privileged to serve through safe, effective, equitable, compassionate 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