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St. Jude Achieves Magnet Designation® for Nursing Services

Magnet Designation is the highest honor bestowed on nursing services

Memphis, Tennessee, August 20, 2015

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital nurses celebrate the designated Magnet status.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital nurses celebrate the designated Magnet status.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has received designated Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). St. Jude is the first hospital in western Tennessee to receive this designation. Magnet status is the highest honor granted to nursing services, and only 7 percent of all U.S. hospitals have achieved this recognition.

The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as a benchmark for patients to measure the quality of nursing care they can expect to receive at a hospital. The program was developed by the ANCC to recognize organizations that provide exceptional care and support of nursing practice. The benefits to being a Magnet–recognized organization are numerous. National studies have found that hospitals achieving Magnet status have lower patient mortality, fewer medical complications, and better patient care outcomes.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top nursing programs in the country,” said Pam Dotson, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “At St. Jude, our nursing department’s mission is to ensure consistent quality nursing care to all patients and their families within a supportive practice environment that promotes employee growth, retention and teamwork.”

“This is a celebratory time for our nursing department and its leadership,” said Larry Kun, M.D., executive vice president and clinical director. “Our nursing department exemplifies the finest in skills, dedication, and caring commitment, and it’s because of the entire staff and their leadership’s guidance we have received this recognition.”

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care. Magnet hospitals must provide an annual status report on their progress and must undergo re-evaluation every four years to retain the designation.

“In so many ways, nurses are the heartbeat of St. Jude. They do it all—from clinical care to research to informatics,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude president and chief executive officer. “As integral members of the health care team, our nurses take pride in their profession and demonstrate a profound commitment that benefits every patient who comes to St. Jude. The Magnet designation recognizes our nurses’ dedication to providing St. Jude patients with the highest quality of care.”

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. To learn more, visit or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch.