Only 3 hospitals in New England and 28 worldwide
have 5 consecutive Magnet® Designations

National Reputation for Nursing Excellence.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has attained its fifth designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. SVMC was the first hospital in Vermont to receive the designation in 2002. This fifth consecutive recognition places SVMC in an elite community of only three five-time hospitals in New England and only 28 five-time hospitals worldwide.

Obtaining Magnet recognition challenges hospitals to integrate the program’s concepts—transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, innovation, and the measurement of outcomes—into the fabric of their nursing operations. Nurses work with the support and guidance of their supervisors and in collaboration with other departments to improve care. They document and submit the results of dozens of complex multi-year improvement projects during each redesignation, which occurs every 4 years. Read More 

An American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® Center for Nursing Excellence since 2002, SVMC nurses live the principles of Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, and New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements.


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Castleton University is Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's preferred partner for nursing education. SVMC offers employment to Castleton students who satisfactorily complete the bachelor’s in nursing program, obtain licensure, and meet pre-employment requirements. These nursing graduates receive up to $60,000 of their tuition debt paid by SVMC. The payments are is divided equally over 6 years and paid annually on the nurse’s anniversary date.


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In evaluating whether a healthcare organization should achieve ANCC Magnet Recognition®, ANCC considers the following five components, which are regarded as global issues in nursing and healthcare:

1. Visionary leadership transforming the organization to meet changing needs

2. Empowered staff properly prepared to face all challenges

3. Competent, dedicated, and empowered nurses

4. Continued innovation within staff knowledge, clinical practice, and systemic improvements

5. Outcomes measurement systems in place throughout the entire organization

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 redesignated in 2006, 2010, and 2015. SVMC was only the third hospital in New England to earn Magnet designation for a fourth consecutive time.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.

If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts were sustained over the four-year period since the hospital’s most recent Magnet recognition. As organizations that have mastered these areas, Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations serve as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally.

Across the board, Magnet organizations demonstrate higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information, as well as lower risk of 30-day mortality, lower failure to rescue, and lower rates of falls.

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care. 

The principles that Magnet recognizes—leadership, empowerment, competence, innovation, and the measurement of outcomes—make Magnet hospitals deeply rewarding places for nurses to work. Under this model, each nurse in the hospital has the power to research and propose transformational changes to improve patient care. For more information about working at SVMC, visit the Careers page.

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