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Magnet Designation

Magnet is a national designation recognizing excellence in nursing services and high-quality clinical outcomes for patients. It is a seal of approval for quality nursing care.

The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care. It is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice

To earn Magnet status, organizations must apply to the American Nurses Credentialing Center and undergo a vigorous, multifaceted evaluation. The evaluation process is thorough and lengthy, demanding evidence and testimony of optimal patient care outcomes. It includes a review of nursing practice, as well as interviews with nurses, physicians and other members of the health care team.

Indiana University Health achieved Magnet designation as a hospital system in October 2004 and again in 2009. That means that all three downtown IU Health hospitals -- IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health University Hospital, and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health-- have Magnet status. Four of IU Health's statewide affiliates, IU Health Bloomington Hospital, IU Health Goshen Hospital, IU Health West Hospital, and IU Health La Porte Hospital, are also Magnet-designated.

IU Health has joined an elite group of hospitals with this designation. Fewer than 300 hospitals in the nation have Magnet status.

Magnet status is awarded for a four-year period. After four years, hospitals must reapply to continue their Magnet status.