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March 22, 2022

Fewer than 9% of Hospitals Nationwide Are Recognized by the American Nursing Credentialing Center With This Gold Standard for Nursing Excellence and High-Quality Patient Care

Bronx, NY – Montefiore Wakefield Hospital has earned Magnet® designation from the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), a prestigious recognition widely accepted as the gold standard for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care. The first and only hospital in the Bronx to receive this honor, Montefiore Wakefield is one of fewer than 9% of hospitals nationwide to meet and exceed the rigorous standards required to gain Magnet® designation. 

Montefiore Wakefield also earned six Exemplars with this designation. Exemplars recognize the highest level of excellence in specific areas of nursing. In the case of Montefiore Wakefield these included patient education, safety and pain. 

“This Magnet® recognition shines a spotlight on the passion, knowledge, and hard work our nurses bring to our patients day in and day out,” said Philip O. Ozuah, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Montefiore Medicine. “The team at Wakefield earned this achievement. I couldn’t be prouder of their commitment and teamwork, which led to this special accomplishment.” 

Magnet® isn’t just an award. It symbolizes how an organization values nursing talent. The program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence that benefits nurses, their colleagues, and their patients’ experiences in ways such as:

  • Improving patient care, safety, and satisfaction
  • Evolving a collaborative culture that engages staff in decision-making
  • Advancing nursing standards and practice elevating performance 

“Fewer than 9% of hospitals across the United States have received the Magnet® designation to date, and today, Montefiore Wakefield Hospital is one of them. This is a well-deserved recognition of our nurses’ resilience, strength, and commitment to excellence,” said Maureen Scanlan, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice-President and Chief Nurse Executive of Montefiore-Einstein. 

“Wakefield nurses empower one another through the pursuit of providing unparalleled, compassionate care to patients. I am most grateful to lead a team that finds so much joy in working together to make our community the very best it can be,” said Joan O’Brien, MSN, RN, NE-BC Chief Nursing Officer at Montefiore Wakefield Hospital. 

The six exemplars earned in conjunction with the Magnet® designation include:

  • Outperforming the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) benchmark on all inpatient units over 8 quarters as it relates to falls and Catheter-Acquired Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
  • Outperforming the NDNQI benchmark on all ambulatory units over 8 quarters as it relates to safety and quality regarding burns
  • Outperforming the Press Ganey national benchmark on all ambulatory units over 8 quarters for the categories of patient education, safety and pain

Montefiore Wakefield is the first and only hospital in the Bronx to be honored with Magnet®, and the third hospital in Montefiore Health System, along with White Plains Hospital and Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.




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Montefiore Health System is one of New York’s premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 10 hospitals, including the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospitaland more than 200 outpatient ambulatory care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and LinkedIn, or view us on Facebook and YouTube.