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Published on July 29, 2019

Cone Health Hospitals Again Earn Prestigious Magnet® Status

Alamance Regional Medical Center becomes a Magnet Hospital for the first time.


All six Cone Health hospitals have been named Magnet Hospitals by the Magnet Recognition Program® of the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (an affiliate of the American Nurses Association.) Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital were redesignated Magnet Hospitals.

Behavrional Health Hospital Staff Celebrates

Behavioral Health Staff Celebrates

This marks the fourth consecutive designation for those hospitals. Fewer than 1% of hospitals have been designated four consecutive times. Alamance Regional Medical Center achieved Magnet® status for the first time. 

“This is an incredible achievement for Cone Health, our 6,000-member nursing community and most importantly, for the patients we care for,” says Kenneth Rempher, PhD, RN, executive vice president, acute care services & chief nurse executive, Cone Health. “A Magnet designation is the gold standard of nursing. This level of professionalism is evident every day in the quality of care delivered at Cone Health.” 

Hospitals achieving Magnet status must meet a set of standards including innovation and quality of care, the leadership style of nurse executives and the ability of nurses to grow and develop in the organization. 

Various research has found that Magnet hospitals have:

  • Lower mortality
  • Fewer health care associated infections
  • Lower turnover of nurses
  • More willingness to try new ideas shown to improve patient care

A Magnet designation is good for four years. It typically takes four years to complete the application and renewal process. Approximately 8% of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet designation.

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