Magnet Recognition

Prestigious Recognition for Nursing Excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association, has designated Winchester Hospital with its highest honor for excellence in nursing: Magnet recognition®.

Magnet designation, so named because these hospitals attract and retain the best nursing professionals, has been earned by only 7% of health care organizations in the U.S.

Winchester Hospital, along with its home care services, became the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn this prestigious achievement in 2003. Winchester Hospital achieved Magnet status following an intensive two-year application and on-site evaluation process by the ANCC, a private, nonprofit organization. 

In 2008, Winchester Hospital and its home care services were redesignated with this honor. Most recently, in 2013, Winchester Hospital became the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet designation three times.

Recognizing the Very Best

The Magnet program was developed to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice.

In its review, the ANCC examines all aspects of patient care including nurse-to-patient ratios and patient satisfaction. Magnet recognition is granted for a four-year period. During this time, hospitals are closely monitored to ensure their ongoing compliance with program standards.

To learn more about the Magnet program, visit the American Nurses Credentialing Center website.

Winchester Hospital Magnet Nurses’ Charitable Fund

Established in 2006, Winchester Hospital’s Magnet Nurses Charitable Fund was founded by nurses to honor the rich tradition of nurses advocating for quality, compassionate care.

Through a vision of nurses helping nurses, the fund allows donors to directly impact the health of the local, regional and global communities by providing funds to nurses caring for patients in areas with inadequate resources.

All members of Winchester Hospital’s caregiving team – nurses, physicians, managers and other personnel – have donated to this fund, which has collected tens of thousands of dollars since its inception.

Through this charitable endeavor, Winchester Hospital nurses have recently:
  • Funded four mobile libraries of reference materials for nurses in remote regions of Africa in partnership with the International Council of Nurses
  • Funded medical mission trips to Belize, Honduras and El Salvador
  • Assisted the Missouri Nurses Association with tornado relief in Joplin, Missouri
  • Provided funds to the American Red Cross for earthquake/tsunami relief in Japan
  • Provided birthing simulators for educational programs in Ghana

Integrative Therapies

To complement our excellent medical and surgical services, Winchester Hospital offers alternative therapies including acupuncture, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, yoga and more.