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Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has achieved Magnet designation twice (2019, 2024) in recognition of its nursing excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national credential for professional nursing practice and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care.

Fewer than ten percent of U.S. hospitals achieve this prestigious recognition. Suburban Hospital is the first hospital in Montgomery County to be Magnet designated.

“Suburban’s staff of more than 600 nurses are highly skilled, deeply compassionate and strongly committed to delivering exceptional patient care,” said LeighAnn Sidone, MSN, RN, CENP, vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer at Suburban Hospital and associate chief nurse executive for practice at Johns Hopkins Health System. “They are constantly learning, mentoring and seeking to apply the most recent clinical innovations in all areas of the hospital. I am so deeply proud of our nurses and the entire staff at Suburban for achieving Magnet designation. Suburban is truly a special place.”

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program—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. To achieve Magnet designation, organizations must pass an intensive evaluation process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff members. This rigorous process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation and an onsite visit with review by the ANCC Commission on Magnet Recognition. 

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 comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care, including quality nursing leadership, coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

“Magnet recognition validates our work on the patient experience, quality improvement and employee engagement,” said Sidone. “I am so proud of our entire team as we receive this prestigious recognition.”

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First Hospital to Receive Magnet Designation in Montgomery County

Thanks to our nurses’ commitment to excellence, we’re one of only 10% of hospitals nationwide to receive Magnet recognition — the most prestigious distinction a hospital can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care. We are Montgomery County’s first hospital to receive this designation.