Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola University Medical Center has received Magnet® re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This is Loyola's third consecutive ANCC survey resulting in Magnet® designation.

According to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, this prestigious honor is awarded to only a small percentage of hospitals in the United States who provide the highest standard of care to their patients. Magnet Recognition® is "steadfast proof of a hard-earned commitment to excellence in healthcare, with contented nurses at its heart." Magnet® organizations provide the best care for their patients and recognize excellence in nursing services.

"I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with this exceptional group of nurses," said Peggy Norton-Rosko, regional chief nursing officer at Loyola Medicine. "Our Magnet® achievement would not be possible without their dedication to our patients and the support from every department and clinical discipline at Loyola."

The Magnet® program began in 1990, and initially identified 14 characteristics, known as the "Forces of Magnetism," that were at the core of environments that attract and retain qualified nurses who are focused on high quality of care. Today, the program is considered a "road map for nursing excellence."

"At Loyola, we are very proud of our nurses and all caregivers throughout the organization whose daily commitment to delivering quality patient care has earned our reputation for excellence in the region," said Shawn P. Vincent, president and CEO of Loyola Medicine. "They are truly deserving of this designation."

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® previously designated Loyola University Medical Center as a Magnet organization in 2009 and 2014.