John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition Again

Recognition for the third time reinforces a commitment to nursing excellence.

Walnut Creek, Calif., May 9, 2018 – John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek Medical Center attained Magnet recognition for the third time, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek Medical Center was originally honored in 2008, then re-designated in 2013 before achieving Magnet recognition for the third time in 2018. John Muir Health’s Concord Medical Center is also a Magnet recognized hospital, originally honored in 2010 before being re-designated in 2015. The two John Muir Health medical centers continue to proudly belong to the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 463 U.S. health care organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. In California, just 34 hospitals (out of nearly 400) are Magnet recognized with just eight of those in northern California.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our community,” said Michelle Lopes, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at the Walnut Creek Medical Center. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement further reinforces for our patients the exceptional care and experience they can expect to receive at John Muir Health.”

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.

“Magnet not only recognizes excellence in nursing, but also the outstanding care and experience that our physicians and staff partner with our nurses to provide to our patients and the community,” said Lopes. “Our commitment to our patients, their family members, visitors and our community is to demonstrate every day why we are deserving of this prestigious honor.”

About John Muir Health

John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 6,000 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including Contra Costa County’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also has partnerships with UCSF Health, Tenet Healthcare/San Ramon Regional Medical Center and Stanford Children's Health. The health system offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit 

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