Montefiore Wakefield Earns Prestigious Magnet® Recognition

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Montefiore Wakefield Hospital has earned Magnet® Recognition from the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), a prestigious recognition widely accepted as the gold standard for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care.

As one of fewer than 9% of hospitals nationwide to meet and exceed the rigorous standards required for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, Montefiore Wakefield is the first and only hospital in the Bronx to receive this honor.

Wakefield associates and others across Montefiore campuses celebrated the achievement on March 16, with cheers and hugs when the ANCC Commission on Magnet announced — via a Zoom meeting that was broadcast to all units across the hospital — the unanimous decision to credential Montefiore Wakefield campus as a Magnet® hospital.

“The Magnet recognition shines a spotlight on the passion, knowledge and hard work our nurses bring to our patients day in and day out,” says Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine. “The team at Wakefield earned this achievement. I couldn’t be prouder of the commitment and teamwork that led to this special accomplishment.”

In addition, the hospital also earned six "exemplars," which recognize the highest level of excellence in specific areas of nursing, including:

  • Outperforming the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) benchmark for eight quarters in a row for all inpatient units for falls and catheter-acquired urinary tract infections.
  • Outperforming the NDNQI benchmark for all ambulatory units for safety and quality regarding burns.
  • Outperforming the Press Ganey national benchmark over eight quarters for all ambulatory units for patient education, safety and pain.
Celebrating Magnet designation
Dr. Ozuah celebrating the Magnet recognition announcement with Wakefield associates.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of our nurses’ resilience, strength and commitment to excellence,” says Maureen Scanlan, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive of Montefiore Einstein.

“Wakefield nurses empower one another by 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,” says Joan O’Brien, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer at Montefiore Wakefield Hospital.

Montefiore Wakefield is the third hospital in Montefiore Health System to receive the designation, along with White Plains Hospital and Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.