Magnet LogoApril 27, 2020 (ST. LOUIS) – St. Louis Children’s Hospital earned a distinction only 76 other hospitals worldwide achieved— a fourth consecutive four-year Magnet Recognition® for nursing excellence. The announcement of the 2020-2024 designation was conferred by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s® Commission on Magnet. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

A select group of 520 U.S. health care organizations out of nearly 6,100 nationwide have achieved Magnet recognition since 1994. Magnet hospitals must continue to achieve rigorous standards to earn another four-year designation. Such high standards enable a hospital, like a magnet, to attract and retain outstanding nurses, the ANCC reports.

Peggy Gordin, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Louis Children’s, says the ability to achieve and maintain Magnet recognition over time is the byproduct of staff’s ongoing commitment to the hospital’s mission.

“This honor is a reflection of each individual’s dedication to doing what’s right for kids,” Gordin says. “This is more than a job, so it’s special and important to us – individually and collectively – to be recognized for excellence in work that has a genuine impact on the patients and families we serve.”

ANCC recognized the hospital for outstanding progress in several areas, including:

  • Culturally competent care and a focus on reducing healthcare disparities
  • Exceptional inpatient and emergency department clinical outcomes
  • Superior nurse and patient satisfaction scores

In addition, the hospital exceeded the national average in all four categories of a national nursing satisfaction survey that included elements on professional development, RN-to-RN teamwork and collaboration, autonomy, and fundamentals of quality nursing care. 

“Earning Magnet recognition is hard,” Gordin says. “Continually raising the bar is harder, but that’s the level of care our patients deserve. It is an honor to work with this team and we are proud to continue the tradition of nursing excellence at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.”


St. Louis Children's Hospital
For more than 140 years, St. Louis Children's Hospital has provided exceptional care for children in all 50 states and 80 countries around the world. With its academic partner, Washington University School of Medicine, Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. A member of BJC HealthCare, St. Louis Children’s Hospital follows one simple mission – to do what’s right for kids. That mission comes to life through medical discovery, innovative therapies and compassionate care. In 2018, Children's expanded with a state-of-the-art, 12-story medical tower. Children’s relies on generous donations to deliver specialized care for families in need, extend health care services to the community, and pursue research that promises to transform pediatric medicine. To find out more, visit, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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 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