About Magnet Designation


MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is proud to be a Magnet hospital. The four-year designation for excellence in nursing services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® was achieved in November 2008. MedStar Franklin Square joined an elite group: at the time, just five percent of U.S. hospitals had achieved this honor. Most recently, on July 15, 2013, MedStar Franklin Square has been re-designated as a Magnet hospital! We are the first community hospital in the state of Maryland to receive re-designation.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicant hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes written documentation of nursing practice as well as extensive interviews and on-site review of nursing services.

Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:

  • Clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction scores are better in a Magnet hospital.
  • Healthcare consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a Magnet hospital. Magnet facilities consistently outperform others in recruiting and retaining nurses, resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction. Because quality nursing helps enlist high caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.

History of our Journey to Magnet

Franklin Square Hospital was one of 41 U.S. hospitals identified in 1981 as having the characteristics of magnetism in the original study, Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses, published by the American Academy of Nursing in 1983 (McClure et al., 1983). It was appropriate that we recapture this spirit and seek formal designation as a Magnet Hospital.

We adopted the Forces of Magnetism as our framework for professional practice. These rigorous standards guided our strategic decisions as we created a work environment worthy of Magnet Recognition. Conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet is the highest level of recognition a hospital can achieve for excellence in nursing; it required us to examine our culture and infrastructure and demonstrate that we meet rigorous standards.
We are pursuing Magnet re-designation in the spring of 2013.

We now move on to sustain our culture of excellence under the new (2008) Magnet Model, which focuses on achieving superior performance as evidenced by outcomes

Special health report on MedStar Franklin Square and Magnet Designation