Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The honor was bestowed on the Orange County facility in recognition of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superior patient care.

With this credential, the Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 452 U.S. health care organizations (out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals) have achieved Magnet recognition. Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center is the first Kaiser Permanente hospital to receive the honor.

“Magnet recognition is tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to the professional practice of nursing and to providing the very best care to our patients,” said Jerry Spicer, vice president of Regional Patient Care Services for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “We are extremely proud of the distinction earned by our Irvine nursing staff. This credential reflects the exceptional service our 23,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses provide every day in communities throughout Southern California.”

The ANCC describes its Magnet Recognition Program as recognizing health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. 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.

“Magnet designation validates our exemplary patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and work environment,” said Ruby Gill, MBA/HCM, RN, NE-BC, chief nurse executive at the Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center. “The culture that drives this exemplary performance is rooted in teamwork, collaboration, innovation, and enthusiasm. I am humbled and honored to work with this powerful team and I can’t wait to see our next steps and accomplishments.”