In 2003, Johns Hopkins became the first health care organization in Maryland to achieve the Magnet Recognition Program designation for excellence in nursing practice. In 2008, Magnet Recognition was awarded again.
From our beginnings more than 125 years ago, Hopkins nurses have stood in the forefront of the profession. Our first superintendent of nurses, Isabel Hampton, helped launch the American Nurses Association, then served as its first president. Adelaide Nutting, her successor, helped create the American Journal of Nursing. We like to think that these visionaries, who worked so tirelessly to set national standards and elevate nursing’s status, would be as proud as we are of our Magnet designation.
The highest honor bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet status affirms the depth and breadth of Hopkins Nursing--our evidence-based practice, our interdisciplinary collaboration and participatory decision-making, and our spirit of innovation and excellence.
Since its founding, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has broken new ground, led the field in medicine and made history in countless ways. Just one of the hospital’s many historic achievements is that it was consecutively ranked #1 in the nation for 21 years out of the 23 in which U.S. News & World Report has held its annual rankings of U.S. hospitals. This year, the hospital is again ranked #1 nationally in five specialties, and it is ranked #2 overall in the nation. We understand that changes were introduced in the methodology, which apparently affected the ranking of many organizations, including Johns Hopkins. In the magazine’s inaugural ranking of hospitals at the state level, the hospital ranked #1 in Maryland. It ranked #1 in the Baltimore metropolitan region, and it is the only hospital in the state that has consistently ranked nationally in 16 medical specialties. This achievement is made possible by the outstanding faculty, nurses, staff and community physicians of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine. For a complete list and methodology of rankings, please visit the U.S. News & World Report Web site.
The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center is consistently voted among the top children’s hospitals in the nation. The hospital was ranked No. 4 in the magazine’s annual rankings of American children’s hospitals in 2008. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital number one in the nation for 18 years in a row. Hopkins Children’s is on track to advance its national ranking when the new children’s hospital opens its doors in early 2011.
Without a doubt, this honor is due to the hard work and dedication of the Children’s Center’s extraordinary nurses, faculty, trainees and staff. Every day, they are fulfilling our commitment to patient care and safety, diversity, innovation and the education of new generations of physicians. As we see the construction progress on the site of the new children’s tower, we can only look forward to greater achievements and recognition in the future.
All of the children’s hospitals on the magazine’s list are superb, and we are privileged to be in their esteemed company. For now, we congratulate our colleagues at these fine facilities and, again, want to thank our incredible faculty and staff at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
It is not only a superb national and international reputation that counts. What people in your own backyard think also speaks volumes, and for 12 straight years, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received the Consumer Choice Award for the Baltimore region from the National Research Corporation. NRC, a firm specializing in health care performance measurement, annually honors the hospitals that local consumers rate as having the best quality and image, based on a survey of more than 200,000 households in 48 States and the District of Columbia. Hopkins was one of only a few hospitals nationwide to earn top-choice status in a multimarket region.
As Baltimore magazine noted in its July 2007 issue on the area’s best employers, "While there are plenty of great things about working in education or health care, there’s no doubt that global name recognition ranks right up there." Yes, the editors liked that, but they also pointed out what we have known all along: We get to work with "really, really smart people" and enjoy "solid benefits, a sweet tuition offer, plus the prestige of working for a well-respected institution."
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation (JHHSC), have collaborated with Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (AARP).
Hopkins joined with AARP in this program because we recognize that older workers make up a very important part of the workforce. We want to hire older workers who continue to bring leadership, experience and skills to their jobs.