Providence Alaska Medical Center nurses recognized among nation's best

September 17, 2018

Magnet designation highlights exemplary patient care based on quality standards of nursing practice 

Anchorage, Alaska — Providence Alaska Medical Center has achieved Magnet recognition, a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Providence Alaska Medical Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 8 percent (475) U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. Providence Alaska Medical Center, also a nationally recognized trauma center, becomes the second hospital in Alaska and among 12 within Providence St. Joseph Health to achieve Magnet recognition.

“Achieving Magnet recognition is the result of years of hard work and demonstrates our commitment to providing the best patient care possible for our patients,” said Deb Hansen, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer at Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Our nurses are honored that their dedication to cultivating a culture of excellence has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.”

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. 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 Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

“We have always known that the care provided by the nurses at Providence Alaska Medical Center is among the best in the nation,” said Ella Goss, MSN, RN, chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “It’s gratifying to see our nurses recognized for their compassionate and high-quality care.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their patients, 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 rates;
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses; and
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership, collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from staff and leadership. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.


About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center and Magnet hospital, is part of Providence St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information, visit:

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor 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