Medical City Achieves Highest Honor in Nursing Excellence

Medical City became the first hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth to achieve the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet® recognition for a third time. Medical City achieved its original designation in 2003, becoming the first North Texas hospital to do so.

“We are just delighted and honored to be among the elite,” said Chief Nursing Officer Carol Gregory. “We couldn’t ever have accomplished this if we didn’t have each and every one of us throughout the organization focused on quality care for our patients. “

The Magnet Recognition Program® for Nursing Excellence is based quality indicators and nursing practice standards. Magnet recognition seeks to measure nursing indicators and patient outcomes, and to recognize the best nursing services and quality patient care. Only 50 hospitals across the world have achieved a third time designation.

“We’re not going to rest on our laurels,” said Gregory. “We’re going to take it even higher, because that’s what a Magnet organization does. We’ve done it three times, and now we’re going after our fourth.”

What factors make Medical City a Magnet-caliber hospital?

  • Ensuring that nurses have a voice in shaping hospital best practices and patient care.
  • Cultivating a team-focused, collaborative approach to patient care.
  • Creating and sustaining a work environment that supports, values, rewards and recognizes professional nurses.
  • Committing to recruiting, retaining and training the very best nurses.
  • Appointing a chief nurse officer who is involved in hospital operations at the executive level.
  • Medical City Children's Hospital

This program, like accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, is entirely voluntary. A hospital aspiring to the Magnet recognition designation must meet 96 standards and undergo intense scrutiny of every aspect of a hospital's nursing staff, procedures and patient interactions. Magnet hospitals also must be reevaluated every four years in order to retain the designation.


Founded in 1974, Medical City is recognized for its state-of-the-art medical facilities and commitment to excellence in patient care. Located in Dallas, the medical team consists of more than 1,150 physicians, many of whom are recognized as the world’s best in their specialties. The medical center includes a breadth of nationally and internationally acclaimed specialty programs, including cardiovascular, craniofacial, bariatric, oncology and transplant services. In 2012, Medical City was named number one on the Texas Monthly list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (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 healthcare 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

Nursing Services Annual Report

Medical City Healthcare releases an annual report that highlights the excellent care and compassion that our teams provide. With this annual report, we celebrate nursing at Medical City by reflecting on our accomplishments this past year and by continuing on our Magnet® journey. Additionally, we have the opportunity to rejoice in our commitment to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

View the Nursing Annual Report.