Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin joins elite group of three-time Magnet Recognition Program hospitals

May 15, 2014

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has earned the highly coveted Magnet Recognition Program® status for the third consecutive time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet designation is granted every four years to only those organizations that demonstrate sustained superiority in nursing care.

Children’s now joins the ranks of an elite group of three-time Magnet-recognized hospitals. Less than 1 percent of all hospitals with Magnet status have earned the designation for three consecutive four-year periods. Only about 7 percent of the hospitals in the nation have achieved Magnet recognition, with just 3 percent successfully earning re-designation.
“Retaining Magnet status for another four years is a testament to the hard work our talented and dedicated nurses put forth to deliver the best and safest care to our patients,” said Peggy Troy, MSN, RN, CEO, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. “What makes this third Magnet designation especially exciting is that it validates the excellence of not one, but three Children’s sites – our hospitals in Milwaukee and Neenah, and our Surgicenter.”

This voluntary credentialing program puts applicants through a rigorous and lengthy process that focuses on the attainment of excellent patient outcomes that are directly influenced by the exceptional care provided by professional nurses. Magnet status is the highest level of formal recognition for nursing excellence and is considered the gold standard for hospitals. Children’s first achieved Magnet designation in 2004 and is presently one of only nine Magnet-designated hospitals in the state.  

Research shows that patients cared for at Magnet hospitals have optimal outcomes and an exceptional experience. Magnet facilities also tend to have more stable workforces as they attract and retain the best nurses, physicians and staff. To receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospital’s commitment to delivering the best and safest care.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) 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, recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard 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 the Magnet website at

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2012, Children’s invested more than $117 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at