Why Our Magnet Status Is Important To You

What is the Magnet Recognition Program®?

The Magnet Recognition Program® is a prestigious designation to recognize health care organizations for nursing excellence.

Nursing Excellence

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, the flagship hospital for Banner Health, was recognized in June 2005, and again in 2010 and 2015, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is ranked among the nation’s leading health care facilities for nursing care. It was the first Banner facility to achieve Magnet status.

Magnet Designation

Of about 6,000 hospitals nationwide, less than 400 have earned Magnet recognition to date—a four-year designation by the ANCC. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix was chosen for the delivery of exceptional patient care, promoting staff growth and development and positive patient outcomes.

With more than 1,400 nursing professionals serving roughly 40,000 inpatients annually, it is the largest and longest serving medical center in Arizona to hold the honor.

Characteristics of a Magnet Hospital

As a Magnet facility, patients are likely to experience shorter hospital stays and increased satisfaction with care. What’s more, Magnet hospitals typically have lower mortality rates. Also, nurses often prefer to work in a Magnet™ facility and thus have greater satisfaction with their job, choosing to stay in their role longer assuring an experienced staff.

A True Testament of Collaboration

Magnet recognition status at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix was achieved through collaboration among all of the hospital’s many departments. Any hospital employee who comes in contact with a patient ultimately impacts his or her care experience. It is very important to us that every employee in every department delivers that level of service.

Attracting Highly Qualified Nurses

Magnetrecognition will further enhance Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix's ability to attract and retain the most qualified nursing professionals. Nurses who move to Arizona say they begin their job search by looking for a Magnet hospital.

What Does This Mean For You?

A Magnet designation can help consumers locate health care organizations with a proven level of excellence in nursing care. We are very proud of this achievement, and of the care that we offer our patients every day.