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Winthrop-University Hospital Earns Prestigious Magnet Designation the Gold Standard for Nursing Excellence

February 24, 2016

Mineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital announced today that it has received national recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. The highest recognition that a Hospital can earn in the area of nursing excellence, Magnet Recognition Program® designation is considered the gold standard. With this credential, Winthrop joins the Magnet community—a select group of 426 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care and Winthrop-University Hospital is proud to earn this prestigious designation,” said John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “This rigorous, multi-year process to earn the highest recognition by the ANCC signifies Winthrop’s deep commitment to delivering the very best patient care and fostering an environment that retains and attracts the very best nurses.”

“Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how Winthrop serves its community. It is also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud,” said Valerie Terzano, PhD (c), RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Winthrop. “This designation also acknowledges that Winthrop nurses’ voices are heard, their input valued, and their practice is supported at all levels and areas of our organization.”

“Winthrop-University Hospital is an extremely special place. Our nurses embody the core values of collaboration, compassion, education, integrity, innovation, and cultural sensitivity and they hold excellence in their hands every day,” said Christine Marsiello, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Director of Professional Nursing Practice and Education, and Magnet Program Director at Winthrop, who helped lead the Hospital on this multi-year journey towards Magnet recognition. “Achieving this great honor is just the beginning. We remain dedicated to striving to always achieve the very best in patient care.”

The Magnet Recognition Program® is the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. It recognizes healthcare organizations whose nursing staff consistently delivers superior patient care with the highest levels of professionalism and innovation. To earn Magnet designation, 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.

“The on-site visit included a visit to every area within the organization where nursing is practiced, as well as interviews with members of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, Senior Leadership, Medical Staff and interdisciplinary leaders,” added Ms. Marsiello. “This was truly an organizational endeavor.”

After the rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet reviewed the completed appraisal report and unanimously voted to determine that Magnet recognition would be granted to Winthrop-University Hospital.

The Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses and
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.

About Winthrop-University Hospital
With over 2,100 nurses on staff, Winthrop’s professional nursing team is dedicated to quality and education. They are empowered to contribute to every aspect of the Hospital’s programs and provide extraordinary care with the attentiveness and compassion that every patient values and deserves. For more information about exceptional nursing care at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit

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Winthrop-University Hospital nurses receive the news that they have earned prestigious Magnet recognition, signifying the gold standard of nursing care.
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Winthrop’s Nursing Leadership Team was instrumental in helping the Hospital earn the prestigious Magnet recognition. Pictured (l.-r.) are Christine Marsiello, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Director of Professional Nursing Practice and Education, and Magnet Program Director at Winthrop; Valerie Terzano, PhD (c), RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Winthrop; Eileen Magri, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, Nursing; and Donna Caccavale, MBA, BSN, RN, CIC, NEA-BC, Vice President, Nursing at Winthrop.
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