SVMC: Vermont's First Magnet Hospital

Being a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence is the gold standard for patient care, based on research and evidence. In fact, there are less than 400 Magnet Hospitals in the world!

At a Magnet Hospital, you can expect the best patient outcome in a caring environment of the very highest quality.


Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) became Vermont's First Magnet Hospital in 2002 when the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognized SVMC for nursing excellence. The ANCC offers Magnet designation every four years and SVMC was designated again in 2006 and then in 2010.

SVMC was only the third hospital in New England to earn Magnet designation for a third time.


What is a Magnet Hospital?
The ANCC developed the Magnet Recognition Program(TM) for excellence in nursing to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best nursing care. The designation is awarded only after a thorough review of quality indicators and standards for nursing practice that are tied to great patient outcomes.


Goals for Magnet Hospitals are:

  • Promoting quality
  • Identifying excellence
  • Discovering and using best practices in nursing


    The ANCC's "Forces of Magnetism:"

    • Leadership that transforms
    • Empowerment
    • Excellence in professional practice
    • Use of innovation and improvement
    • Quality research


    Why Choose a Magnet Hospital?

    • Better patient outcomes
    • Shorter hospital stays
    • Lower mortality rates
    • Better patient satisfaction
    • More bedside nursing care
    • Highest quality nursing staff and physicians


    The Word is Out About Magnet Hospitals:

    • N.Y. Times: "Magnet Status is like a seal of approval.
    • Reader's Digest: "If you can easily check into a Magnet hospital, you'd be foolish not to."
    • Thompson Reuters' Top 100 Hospitals: 11 out of 15 of the top teaching hospitals  are Magnet organizations
    • Becker's Hospital Revew:nine out of the 10 best hospitals in America in 2009 were Magnet
    • U.S. New & World Report: 2010's America's Best Hospitals: eight of the top ten medical centers on the Honor Roll and six of the eight hospitals on the Children's Hospital Honor Roll were Magnet


    In the Bennington area, SVMC is your choice for a Magnet Hospital.