Published on October 22, 2015

UNC REX Healthcare Designated a Magnet® Hospital for Patient Care and Nursing Excellence

UNC REX is among only 2 percent of hospitals to achieve the honor three consecutive times

RALEIGH, N.C. – UNC REX Healthcare has been re-designated a Magnet® hospital, an honor that recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Magnet Recognition is the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) highest national credential, given to just 423 health organizations in the nation (out of 6,000).

UNC REX is one of only about 110 hospitals nationwide, or less than 2 percent of the total, to achieve this recognition for a third consecutive time. UNC REX became the first Triangle-area hospital to achieve Magnet designation in 2006 and was the first to be re-designated in 2011.

“I commend all UNC REX co-workers, physicians, and most especially our nurses for this top-notch recognition,” said UNC REX President Steve Burriss. “Magnet is a symbol to nurses and is the gold standard for nursing excellence. While consumers might not recognize the honor, it reinforces the excellent care that UNC REX provides to families every day.”

UNC REX’s Magnet reapplication team was led by Joel Ray, chief nursing officer, Helene Zehnder, director of medical/surgical nursing, and a team of Magnet champions.

“UNC REX just added a line to its history and to its tagline of ‘chosen for excellence,’ ” Ray said. “I am so proud of all the nurses at UNC REX for the compassionate care they provide.”

The ANCC Magnet Commissioners cited a wide range of examples of excellence at UNC REX, including:

  • Nurse mentoring and succession planning with strong training programs for nurses and other co-workers, including the Center for Leadership Excellence
  • Efforts to include families in patient care and support, including the Parent Advisory Council for the Special Care Nursery;
  • Exceeding national benchmarks for quality measures such as antibiotic use.

UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, also part of UNC Health Care, was honored with Magnet Recognition in September. It was the second time UNC Hospitals received the recognition.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Magnet Recognition Program® The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes health care 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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