Magnet designation puts Providence St. Vincent among elite medical centers around the world

February 20, 2014
“Providence St. Vincent is a role model for health care organizations around the world.” 

That’s what Deb Zimmerman, chair of the Commission on Magnet Recognition, told leaders at Providence St. Vincent as she notified them of their fourth Magnet designation. The American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations that deliver outstanding patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice. 

Providence St. Vincent is the only hospital in Oregon to receive four designations and is one of only 16 health care organizations around the world to achieve this elite status. 

“Providing excellent care is what we do every day and it’s evident in the outcomes and experience our patients and families have here at Providence St. Vincent,” said Kristine Larison, RN and interim chief nursing officer. “We are incredibly proud to have maintained the Magnet status for 14 years.” 

In 2000, Providence St. Vincent was the first medical center in Oregon to achieve Magnet recognition, and the 23rd in the country. It’s had Magnet status ever since. Nurses credit this accomplishment to leaders who promote an atmosphere of excellence. “Our nurses are asked to examine their practice and look for the best ways to care for our patients and families,” said Debbie Sanchez, RN and Magnet program director.           

On the east side of Portland, Providence Portland Medical Center has been a Magnet hospital for the past eight years.