Magnet Status

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes excellence in nursing. Lurie Children's first received Magnet designation as Children's Memorial Hospital in 2001, making us the first free-standing pediatric hospital in the nation and the first hospital in Illinois to achieve Magnet status. This was the first of four prestigious designations with others to follow in 2005, 2010 and 2015. Less than one percent of all hospitals have been recognized four times. 

Magnet designation is the gold standard for excellence and quality nursing care. It distinguishes an outstanding environment for professional nursing practice which includes: 

  • A strong nursing governance structure
  • Innovation and nursing research 
  • Inter-disciplinary collaboration 
  • Engaged nursing professionals 

Lurie Children’s has achieved Magnet Designation four times, and remains in the top one percent of hospitals to have attained this prestigious recognition.