Capital Health Attains Prestigious Magnet® Recognition for the Third Time


The highest honor a hospital can receive for its professional nursing practice and is considered the gold standard for nursing excellence


TRENTON, NJ (December 23, 2011) - Capital Health announced today that it has for the third time attained prestigious Magnet® recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


“Fewer than 50 healthcare organizations worldwide have received Magnet recognition three times. This puts our nurses in a very select group and assures our patients that they are being cared for by some of the best in the world,” said Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr., chairman of the Capital Health board of directors.


“Magnet recognition demonstrates to the public that Capital Health nurses are among the best in the country, tirelessly dedicated to moving healthcare forward.” said Al Maghazehe, president and chief executive officer.“It is their continued competence, professionalism and cultural understanding that makes Capital Health nurses the leaders in our region.” 


“I would like to congratulate our nurses for achieving Magnet recognition for an extraordinary third time.  This credential is the highest honor a hospital can receive for its professional nursing practice and is considered the gold standard for nursing excellence,” said Patricia Cavanaugh, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Services.


Acknowledging the recognition is Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr., Patricia Cavanaugh,

Patricia Barnett, CEO of New Jersey State Nurses Association and Al Maghazehe.


Maghazehe also noted that Capital Health is the only healthcare system in Mercer County to have Magnet status and fewer than 400 healthcare organizations out of 6,000 in the United States have attained it. 

Cavanaugh said that Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities such as lower risk of 30 day mortality, higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff.  The process involves submission of written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.  If scores from the written documentation fall within the range of excellence, a thorough on-site review occurs.  An organization such as Capital Health that had already been granted Magnet recognition twice needs to provide evidence that the Magnet concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved. 

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare 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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