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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center receives prestigious nursing credential

Recognized for third time by American Nurses Credentialing Center

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Heidi Crooks and colleagues
Reed Hutchinson

Heidi Crooks (center), UCLA Health’s interim chief nurse executive, says the recognition is “a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride.”

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has again earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet designation.

The voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing, and Magnet status is the ANCC’s highest honor for professional nursing practice.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Heidi Crooks, interim chief nurse executive at UCLA Health. “To earn Magnet recognition twice in the past was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”

To earn Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous evaluation that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. To renew its credential, as UCLA has, the organization must provide evidence of how performance and quality have been sustained and improved.

“UCLA nurses have a passion for being the best in the world,” said Cathy Ward, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center’s chief nursing officer. “The Magnet Recognition Program continues to raise the bar for excellence in nursing and inspires us to pursue that goal every day.”

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