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Magnet designation for nursing excellence



Baptist Health Louisville has earned the highest honor in nursing excellence – Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Considered the gold standard in nursing practice and care delivery, the Magnet Recognition Program® identifies healthcare organizations which meet a demanding set of criteria.

At Baptist Health Louisville:

  • Nurses have a voice in shaping hospital best practices and patient care
  • All members of the patient care team work together with a common goal
  • The work environment supports, values, rewards and recognizes professional nurses
  • Recruiting, retaining and training the very best nurses is paramount
  • The chief nursing officer is involved in hospital operations at the executive level

Magnet designation is important because it:

  • Promotes and recognizes outstanding care
  • Underscores Baptist Health Louisville’s commitment to quality and patient safety
  • Provides external validation of Baptist Louisville's excellence


The concept of Magnet designation began in the 1980s when extensive research identified organizations that could attract and retain highly skilled nurses who delivered high quality patient care. In all, about 400 hospitals in 45 states and four foreign countries have earned the designation since the program began in 1993. This represents less than 6 percent of hospitals worldwide.

At Baptist Health Louisville, nurses have embraced a Professional Practice Model supported by the hospital's Mission, Vision and Values; shared decision-making; and a culture of caring based on Watson's Theory of Human Caring.