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Nurses and leadership at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center celebrate their Magnet designation.

Designation is highest national honor for nursing excellence

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre (GSWB) achieved Magnet Recognition on Wednesday, April 17, as a reflection of their 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, GWV and GSWB join the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 484 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,200 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. 

“This designation has affirmed the excellent care that is delivered to our patients each day at Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre,” said Geisinger Northeast Chief Nursing Officer Angelo Venditti. “This reinforces the empowerment and engagement of our nurses and recognizes them for delivering unparalleled care in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are very proud of our team members and are honored to join the ranks of only 7 percent of Magnet-designated hospitals across the country.” 

The honor, Venditti said, is the culmination of an intensive evaluation process that resulted in a Magnet document, detailing the nursing care of the facilities. This effort prompted a three-day visit by Magnet appraisers, who were impressed by the hospitals’ dedication to quality outcomes, interdisciplinary collaboration and the many opportunities they offer for professional growth and development. 

“GWV and GSWB’s Magnet document exemplified nursing professional practice, shared-decision making, interprofessional collaboration, and exceptional quality outcomes,” said Director of Nursing Education Lindsey Ford. “During the Magnet site visit, nurses showcased how they have a voice in their nursing practice and the initiatives to continually improve patient outcomes.” 

More information about Geisinger’s nursing program can be found here

Magnet organizations, Venditti noted, experience higher nurse-recruitment success, employ higher volume of certified nurses and foster significantly better working environments. 

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

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.

The foundation of this model comprises 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.

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

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

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the nonprofit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 126 care sites — including 10 hospital campuses — and Geisinger Health Plan, with more than half a million members in commercial and government plans. Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $15 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country. Learn more at or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center nurses celebrating Magnet designation
Geisinger nurses and their colleagues celebrate after being honored with Magnet Recognition Program® designation, a credential bestowed on only 7 percent of hospitals in the U.S. by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Nurses celebrate their Magnet designation
A group of Geisinger nurses huddle to share their excitement in receiving Magnet Recognition.
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center nursing leadership team
Members of nursing leadership, including Geisinger Northeast Chief Nursing Officer Angelo Venditti, center, and Director of Nursing Education Lindsey Ford, first from right, guided the GWV nursing department in its achievement of Magnet Recognition.

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