Winchester Hospital Earns National Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Winchester Hospital Receives ANCC Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association, announced on Wednesday, September 19, the redesignation of Winchester Hospital with the ANCC Magnet Recognition®, its highest honor for excellence in nursing. Winchester Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the state to earn this achievement four times.

Winchester Hospital was first honored with the recognition in 2003, when it became the first
community hospital in Massachusetts to be named a Magnet® hospital. Currently eight hospitals in Massachusetts have earned the Magnet® designation, and only 8 percent of hospitals across the country have this status.

“It is the greatest honor of my professional career to be able to lead the nursing staff of
Winchester Hospital,” said Kathy Schuler, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of
Winchester Hospital. “Winchester Hospital has a long tradition of delivering high-quality,
compassionate care, and that tradition continues to thrive because of the exceptional caliber of the entire staff that works here.”

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program promotes quality in a setting that supports
professional practice; identifies excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients and
residents; and disseminates best practices in nursing services.

Winchester Hospital achieved redesignation as a Magnet hospital following a two-year
application and on-site evaluation process. The Magnet appraisal evaluates quality of nursing leadership; organizational structure; management style; personnel policies and programs; professional models of care; quality of care; quality improvement; consultation and resources; autonomous nursing care; relationships with community and health care organizations; nurses acting as teachers; the image of nursing in the organization; interdisciplinary relationships; and opportunities for professional development.

Magnet accreditation is awarded for a four-year period. During this time, hospitals are closely monitored to ensure their ongoing compliance with program standards.

“This is the highest recognition possible for excellence in nursing,” said Rick Weiner, MD, chief executive officer of Winchester Hospital. “It is an honor and a privilege to work with a staff so dedicated and passionate to their profession and to their patients.”

To learn more about the Magnet Recognition Program, visit the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s web site at

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