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MMC Earns its Third Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

March 30, 2017

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MMC is among about 2 percent of US hospitals to achieve Magnet designation three times or more by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center today was designated a Magnet hospital, the highest national recognition awarded for nursing excellence. This is the third consecutive time that MMC has achieved the designation, an honor that about 2 percent of US hospitals can claim.

“Every member of our nursing staff takes great pride in our Magnet designation because it is objective proof that we deliver personal, patient‐centered care to everyone we serve,” said Marge Wiggins, DNP, MBA, RN, FAAN, NEA‐BC, MMC’s chief nursing officer and chief nurse executive at MaineHealth. “This recognition belongs to our nursing staff, but it was earned in partnership with our colleagues across the medical center including providers, patient care support services staff, leadership, residents and many, many more. To achieve Magnet, everyone who provides care or supports it have to work closely together to achieve excellent patient outcomes.”

Magnet status is awarded by the by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an independent organization within the American Nurses Association. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Magnet recognition is widely considered to be the ultimate credential for high quality nursing care.

MMC was first recognized as a Magnet hospital in 2006, was re‐designated in 2011 and continued to sustain this high level of quality.

Wiggins, a nationally recognized expert and consultant on nursing quality who also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s School of Nursing, says the key for her team in achieving Magnet was the development of MMC’s Partnership Care Delivery Model that emphasizes participation by everyone in the environment of care. She says that the pursuit of nursing quality, and with it Magnet status, has engaged all nurses and also helped attract and retain top nursing talent to MMC.

“The Magnet program is voluntary; people have got to want to work for it. Our nurses want to be the best and to provide the best care, and this shows they are consistently delivering that for our patients,” Wiggins said. “Wanting to be the best is one thing; to consistently achieve it is an extraordinary accomplishment.”

Out of more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States, only 441 organizations have achieved the Magnet designation. This is approximately 7 percent of US hospitals. Only about 2 percent (roughly 120 hospitals) of US hospitals earn that recognition three times.

“This team has built a culture of high quality care from the ground up that engages every nurse to lead improvements in patient safety, satisfaction and experience,” said Rich Petersen, MMC President and Chief Executive Officer. “We could not be more proud of what Marge and her team have achieved together.”

Typically inpatients spend more time with nurses than any other member of their care team, and nurses often play a critical role in the communication, collaboration and coordination of a patient’s care.

“Anyone who has received care at Maine Medical Center has been served by an incredible, caring and committed nurse,” said Joel Botler, M.D., MMC’s chief medical officer. “That is critically important for both improving patient outcomes and maximizing collaboration across the entire care team.”

MMC was notified of the re‐designation during a call with the ANCC Magnet Commission Chair on March 30. The designation will last for at least four years. To learn more about the ANCC Magnet recognition program visit

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as the number‐one ranked hospital in Maine by U.S. News and World Report for 2016‐2017, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 6,500 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world‐class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit

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