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Chesapeake Regional Healthcare Achieves Magnet® Recognition

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Today the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded Chesapeake Regional Healthcare Magnet Recognition, with two exemplars, for its performance above and beyond what is expected during the Magnet journey. This recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and is a reflection of Chesapeake Regional's nursing professionalism, teamwork and superior patient care. 

With this credential, Chesapeake Regional joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations that just a small, and select group of U.S. health care organizations have achieved. The ANCC’s  Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards. The Magnet® program is recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence. 

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Amber Egyud, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FAONL, Chief Operating & Nursing Officer.  “Achieving Magnet recognition, with two exemplars, during a pandemic, is a considerable achievement, especially with a first designation. It reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community and our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients. We are extremely proud.”

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.

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:
•    Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
•    Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
•    Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
•    Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is an important factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across several components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. 

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.


About Chesapeake Regional Healthcare:
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is a health system laser-focused on innovation, known for making medical history in the region and providing patients with truly personal care. Its hospital, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, is the only independent, community-based acute care hospital in Hampton Roads. The system has the best heart attack survival rates of the major systems in the region, a state-of-the-art neuro-interventional suite, comprehensive cancer care, the most preferred Labor & Delivery program in the area, a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, and open-heart surgical care coming in 2024. With more than 600 physicians and over 75 specialties across 50 locations, Chesapeake Regional’s technologically advanced health care saves lives every day. Learn more at

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



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