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Cleveland Clinic Receives Nation's Highest Nursing Credential With Magnet Recognition

Main Campus Joins Elite Group of Third-Time Designees

July 25, 2013

Cleveland Clinic attained Magnet® recognition for the third consecutive time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice and places Cleveland Clinic in an elite group of 55 healthcare institutions worldwide that have been recognized with this credential three times or more.

“Achieving Magnet recognition again is truly a tremendous honor and is a direct reflection of our nursing staff’s ongoing commitment to quality and putting patients first,” said K. Kelly Hancock, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Executive Chief Nursing Officer of Cleveland Clinic’s Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence. “Cleveland Clinic has become synonymous with world class care and our nurses continue to raise the bar, ensuring the organization delivers on that promise.”

The Magnet community encompasses a select group of 391 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations. Cleveland Clinic’s main campus was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2003. This re-designation of Magnet recognition includes not only Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, but also Cleveland Clinic’s Family Health Centers and Children’s Rehabilitation facility.

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and requires organizations to pass a rigorous and lengthy review process. Among other qualifications and performance evaluations, Cleveland Clinic’s main campus was recognized for its dedication to advanced education for nursing staff, nurse-led research initiatives and the outstanding number of nationally certified nurses on staff.

Magnet-recognized organizations offer significant benefits to patients and consistently demonstrate:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue.
  • Lower rates of falls.

“We have dedicated ourselves to promoting higher education opportunities to our nurses, empowering them to lead and innovate through research and advance their professional practice through certifications. It’s extremely rewarding for those efforts to be recognized by the Magnet program,” Hancock said. “Looking at the future of healthcare, the role of the nurse will continue to expand and this reaffirms that we are ready to meet the challenge.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center is the world's largest nurse credentialing organization, and is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

About Cleveland Clinic Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence

The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence, one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic, includes more than 11,000 nurses, 950 of whom are advanced practice nurses. All collaborate to provide high-quality patient care on specialty-based nursing units within inpatient, outpatient and operating room settings at more than a dozen locations in Northeast Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada and Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic hospitals strive for Magnet status, the highest recognition of excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Cleveland Clinic main campus was re-designated in 2008 and Fairview Hospital received its designation in 2009. Visit the Zielony Nursing Institute.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at Follow us at