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Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition

The designation ranks the Medical Center ranks among the top 7% of all heath care organizations across the country for nursing excellence.

(Chicago, IL) – Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center has achieved Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center® (ANCC). This honor from the ANCC distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence and serves as a reflection of Saint Mary and Elizabeth’s nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

With this credential, Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. In Illinois, only 43 hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. Currently, only 477 of the nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations have achieved Magnet Recognition.

Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our community,” said Martin Judd, President and CEO of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

To achieve 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.

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

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

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.


About Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center is a premier two-campus medical center on Chicago's near northwest side and part of AMITA Health. Certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center, the hospital was recognized in 2017 as one of only three Top Teaching Hospitals in Illinois by the Leapfrog Group.  The medical center specializes in behavioral health, cancer care, cardiac care, digestive diseases, neurosciences, obstetrics, midwifery, emergency services, and primary care.

About AMITA Health
AMITA Health ( is a joint operating company formed by the Adventist Health System in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and St. Louis-based Ascension. With the addition of Presence Health, AMITA Health is now the largest health system in Illinois, comprising 19 hospitals and more than 230 sites of care. The newly combined health system has 900 providers in its medical groups, more than 26,000 associates and 7,000 physician partners, and now serves over 4.3 million residents in the greater Chicagoland area.

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