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Gold standard for nursing

Celebration for Cohen Children's Magnet designation
The celebration when Cohen Children's Medical Center achieved Magnet designation.

Cohen Children's Medical Center achieved Magnet status for exceptional nursing care, becoming the only children's hospital in New York State to earn the prestigious designation.


Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York announced today it has achieved Magnet status – the gold standard for nursing excellence – from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), becoming the only children’s hospital in New York State to earn this prestigious designation.

The Magnet designation reflects the highest standards of nursing professionalism, collaboration, teamwork and superiority in patient care delivery, distinguishing Cohen Children’s as the premier destination for pediatric care in the region. Magnet status has been awarded to only six percent of hospitals worldwide -- approximately 425 hospitals. Cohen is one of four Northwell Health hospitals to earn Magnet status. The others are: Huntington Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

“In pediatrics, we know how imperative it is to put the patient and family at the center of our care, and no one does that better than our nurses,” said Charles Schleien, MD, executive director of Cohen Children’s and senior vice president and chair of pediatrics at Northwell Health. “Our Magnet status is proof of our relentless pursuit of excellence in nursing and all areas of our hospital, underscoring the culture of care that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community.

Carolyn Quinn, the hospital’s deputy executive director and chief nurse executive, oversees more than 700 nurses, who deliver the highest standard of patient-centered care to about 170,000 pediatric patients every year. “It takes an extraordinary amount of effort at all levels of the hospital to reach and maintain Magnet designation,” she said. “We are extremely proud of all our nurses and their extraordinary nursing care.”

Most facilities are unable to apply for Magnet recognition due to the ANCC’s demanding educational requirements of the chief nursing officer and other nurse leaders. For organizations that do meet the criteria, it is then necessary for them to benchmark themselves against other hospitals nationally and outperform those benchmarks. The majority of these benchmarks are in nursing-related clinical indicators (such as falls, pressure ulcers, central line infections and catheter-associated infections) and in nursing-related patient satisfaction scores (such as courtesy of nurses, responses to call lights, the ability of staff to work as team, and sensitivity to personal needs or requests). Following that, a site visit from the ANCC occurs to determine whether the facility meets the stringent Magnet requirements.