MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is First Community Teaching Hospital in Maryland to Earn Magnet Redesignation

We are the first community teaching hospital in Maryland to receive Magnet designation twice, demonstrating the quality of our nursing practices and standards.

July 19, 2013

nursingBaltimore—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. As the first community teaching hospital in the state of Maryland to receive redesignation, this unprecedented recognition demonstrates MedStar Franklin Square’s quality of nursing practice and adherence to national standards.

“On behalf of the hospital Board, the medical staff and the entire senior management team, it is an honor to be a part of a redesignated magnet facility,” said Samuel E. Moskowitz, President of MedStar Franklin Square. “We could not have had the success that we have attained in quality and patient safety without the partnership between our medical staff and the 800 nurses that call MedStar Franklin Square home.”

Deborah T. Zimmermann, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, ANCC chair, commended MedStar Franklin Square as she announced their redesignation, identifying four standards of excellence to be exemplified as models for the entire country.

• Nursing professional development
• Health care needs of the community
• Workplace safety
• Development and expansion of nursing research

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Applicant hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes written documentation of numerous areas of nursing practice excellence, as well as extensive interviews and on-site review of nursing services. It is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

“We committed, we focused and we achieved,” said Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, senior vice president for operations and chief nursing officer at MedStar Franklin Square.

MedStar Franklin Square received their initial designation in 2008, joining an elite group of only five percent of U.S. hospitals and the third in Maryland to achieve Magnet designation. Valid for four years, their Magnet redesignation, announced July 15, is the first to be achieved by a Maryland community teaching hospital.

Click here to learn more about Magnet designation.


About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit for more information.

About ANCC

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. It recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials.

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