Magnet Recognition Program

Prestigious Recognition for Nursing Excellence

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the credentialing branch of the American Nurses Association, has designated Winchester Hospital with its highest distinction for nursing excellence and quality patient care: Magnet Recognition. Winchester Hospital became the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn this prestigious achievement in 2003. Most recently, in 2018, Winchester Hospital was honored with its fourth designation as a Magnet organization.

The Magnet Program was developed to recognize health care organizations that demonstrate a steadfast commitment to excellence. This commitment to excellence translates to better patient outcomes. A Magnet designated organization is one where nurses thrive in a professional practice environment which allows for nurses to reach their full potential and to practice with greater autonomy. Magnet organizations are well-positioned to be the leaders in transforming the future of healthcare and professional nursing practice.

Magnet designation has been earned by less than 10% of healthcare organizations in the U.S. 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.

Colleagues across Winchester Hospital and the local community have donated to this fund.

Through this charitable endeavor, Winchester Hospital nurses have:

  • Funded mobile libraries of reference materials for nurses in remote regions of Africa in partnership with the International Council of Nurses
  • 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
  • Funded medical mission trips to Belize, Honduras and El Salvador, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Haiti, Guatemala, Peru, Uganda, Costa Rica, Tanzania
  • Funded a Hospice House in Romania
  • Provided support to:
    • New York Nurses' Association
    • Oklahoma Nurses' Association
    • Kentucky Surgery on Sunday
    • Health Wagon 
    • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
    • Women of Means
    • Regis College
    • Rosies's Place
    • The Gifford School

Integrative Therapies

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