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On May 20, Harborview Medical Center achieved Magnet Program Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This prestigious certification has been the gold standard for nursing excellence since it was established in 1990. As one of only four hospitals in Washington state to receive this certification, Harborview joins UW Medical Center, which became the first hospital in the world to receive Magnet certification in 1994.

“I want to congratulate Harborview on this great recognition for its nurses and the entire organization,” said Lisa Brandenburg, president of UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics. “Magnet certification demonstrates a commitment to empower nurses as leaders. It also recognizes the vital role of nurses in providing outstanding patient care and continuously improving patient outcomes.”

Harborview’s certification follows a rigorous two-year application process and a three-day virtual site visit March 30-April 1. Eligibility requirements include having an infrastructure to support programs such as shared governance, quality improvement, peer review, evidence-based practice, collegial teamwork and nursing research.

With its two Magnet hospitals, UW Medicine has created a work environment that attracts and retains well-qualified nurses, supports their careers, and delivers the highest level of care to patients and their families.

Read more on the UW Medicine Newsroom.