March 20, 2017

Irvine Medical Center achieves Magnet® recognition

Orange County facility receives highest national honor for nursing excellence.

IRVINE, Calif. Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center received Magnet® Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The honor was bestowed on the Orange County facility in recognition of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superior patient care.

With this credential, the Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 452 U.S. health care organizations (out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals) have achieved Magnet recognition. Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center is the first Kaiser Permanente hospital to receive the honor.

“Magnet recognition is tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to the professional practice of nursing and to providing the very best care to our patients,” said Jerry Spicer, vice president of Regional Patient Care Services for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “We are extremely proud of the distinction earned by our Irvine nursing staff. This credential reflects the exceptional service our 23,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses provide every day in communities throughout Southern California.”

The ANCC describes its Magnet Recognition Program ® as recognizing health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. 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.

“Magnet designation validates our exemplary patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and work environment,” said Ruby Gill, RN, chief nurse executive at the Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center. “The culture that drives this exemplary performance is rooted in teamwork, collaboration, innovation and enthusiasm. I am humbled and honored to work with this powerful team and I can’t wait to see our next steps and accomplishments.”

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 Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.