Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Achieve Magnet® Recognition

Magnet recognition is the highest honor for nursing excellence.

For release September 25, 2019


STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford Medicine Children’s Health announced today that it has achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of its exemplary professional nursing practice, interprofessional teamwork and preeminent patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 8 percent of U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition.

Committed to delivering high quality care

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients and their families,” said Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “This achievement underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff.”

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership, staff and providers. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Magnet-recognized health care organizations have proven to provide specific benefits to the communities they serve and the people who work there, including the following:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions

“We are exceptionally proud of reaching this milestone—a result of tireless dedication from our nursing and patient care leadership and everyone who delivers care at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health,” said Paul King, president and chief executive officer. “To have opened our new hospital in 2017 and now, less than two years later, meeting this extraordinary benchmark is a testament to the unparalleled quality and potential of our organization.”

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About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program—administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world—identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit

About Stanford Medicine Children's Health

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its center, is the Bay Area’s largest health care system exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Our network of care includes more than 65 locations across Northern California and more than 85 locations in the U.S. Western region. Along with Stanford Health Care and the Stanford School of Medicine, we are part of Stanford Medicine, an ecosystem harnessing the potential of biomedicine through collaborative research, education, and clinical care to improve health outcomes around the world. We are a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the community through meaningful outreach programs and services and providing necessary medical care to families, regardless of their ability to pay. Discover more at