NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition

Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence

May 20, 2019

New York, NY

Upward angle photo entrance to Weill Cornell medical center

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has received national recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, the highest and most prestigious distinction that a healthcare organization can earn for nursing excellence and innovation. The credential is considered the gold standard for nursing, and comprises a select group of 8% of hospitals in the United States.

“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition and deeply proud of our incredible team of nursing professionals at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for the world-class care they provide to our patients,” said Dr. Katherine L. Heilpern, senior vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “Achieving Magnet recognition is not only a testament to our strength in nursing excellence, but to the collaborative efforts of the entire interdisciplinary team who strive each day to deliver an exceptional patient experience.”

The Magnet Recognition Program is the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. It recognizes healthcare organizations whose nursing teams consistently deliver superior patient care with the highest levels of professionalism and innovation. In addition to Magnet status, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center received five exemplars for excellence.

“I am so proud of our nurses and our team for this tremendous accomplishment and for their commitment to always putting patients first,” said Wilhelmina Manzano, MA, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president, chief nursing executive and chief quality officer at NewYork-Presbyterian. “Earning Magnet designation is about creating and sustaining a culture of excellence, and the journey requires engagement and collaboration throughout the entire hospital, ultimately benefiting our patients.”

“Magnet recognition is a wonderful affirmation of our commitment to clinical excellence, professional nursing practice and an environment that empowers nurses to impact care and make a difference in the lives of patients and their families,” said Rosanne Raso, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, vice president and chief nursing officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “We are delighted to be recognized for our extraordinary patient care, dedication to our communities, and commitment to advancing nursing knowledge and innovation.”

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is comprised of elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Hospitals that have achieved Magnet recognition provide benefits to their communities and organizations such as higher patient satisfaction related to nursing communication, lower risk of 30-day mortality, and higher job satisfaction among nursing staff, according to the ANCC.


NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare delivery systems, whose organizations are dedicated to providing the highest quality, most compassionate care and service to patients in the New York metropolitan area, nationally, and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research and innovative, patient-centered clinical care.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions:

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the Honor Roll of “America’s Best Hospitals.”
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network comprises hospitals and other facilities in the New York metropolitan region.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services, which connects medical experts with patients in their communities.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health, encompassing ambulatory care network sites and community healthcare initiatives, including NewYork Quality Care, the Accountable Care Organization jointly established by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia.

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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 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

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