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CHI Health St. Elizabeth Achieves Elite International Nursing Excellence Award for Fourth Time

CHI Health St. Elizabeth Achieves Elite International Nursing Excellence Award for Fourth Time

Only 53 hospitals worldwide have received this honor four consecutive times

LINCOLN – It’s a 4-peat! CHI Health St. Elizabeth has received Magnet® designation status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Magnet® designation is the highest nursing excellence award internationally. CHI Health St. Elizabeth is the only Lincoln hospital to achieve this level of care and the second hospital in Nebraska to ever receive the honor four times.

"Being Magnet® means our nurses and hospital have risen to a measured level of quality that demonstrates our commitment to excellence and innovation to meet the challenges of health care today," said Peggy Cline, Magnet® coordinator at CHI Health St. Elizabeth.

The criteria to become a Magnet® hospital requires nursing excellence in research, quality initiatives, high patient satisfaction, transformative nursing leadership and nursing professional development.

CHI Health St. Elizabeth received its first Magnet® designation in 2004 and was also credentialed in 2009 and 2014. Hospitals must reapply every four years and complete a strenuous accreditation process, which includes a visit from ANCC appraisers who interview patients, staff, physicians and community members.

Along with its fourth Magnet® designation, CHI Health St. Elizabeth received additional honors for its exceptional quality scores in breastfeeding. The hospital was also recognized for its high-ranking performance among other quality metrics, including rates of falls, pressure ulcers, central line infections and urinary tract infections. The designation is a momentous honor for CHI Health St. Elizabeth, but also for its patients.

"Achieving Magnet® designation means our community can be confident that St. Elizabeth is consistently seeking to improve and provide the best care possible," said Tim Plante, vice president of patient care services at CHI Health St. Elizabeth.


  • Fewer than eight percent of hospitals in the U.S. are Magnet® designated
  • There are only 492 Magnet® facilities in the world, including five in Nebraska
  • The Magnet® program is recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence