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TAMPA, Fla. — Moffitt Cancer Center has earned the prestigious Magnet designation for the third time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the credentialing body of the American Nurses Association. Achieving Magnet status places Moffitt among the elite 9.8% of U.S. hospitals recognized for excellence in nursing. Patients trust this designation as the ultimate factor for high-quality nursing care.

In addition to being redesignated, Moffitt received exemplars — far exceeding the standard — in eight areas. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) rate, Moffitt nursing outperformed the 80% target goal set by the Institute of Medicine. C Difficile Infection (CDiff) rate, all inpatient areas outperformed the benchmark for the most recent eight quarters at document submission. The other exemplars include:

  • Device related hospital acquired pressure injury
  • Ambulatory surgery burn rate
  • Patient Experience-Patient Education
  • Patient Experience-Respect
  • Patient Experience-Careful Listening
  • Patient Experience-Responsiveness

The Magnet Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the organization as a whole.

Magnet recognition is among the highest honors acknowledging excellence in nursing practice in the United States.

“We are truly honored to be redesignated as a Magnet hospital, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to providing the highest standard of care for our patients,” said Kelley Gonzalvo, DNP, chief nursing officer at Moffitt. “Through their collaborative efforts, our nurses exemplify dedication to delivering expert and compassionate care, being actively involved in every aspect of our patients’ journey.”

Moffitt earned its first Magnet designation in 2015 and now joins the ranks of a select few health care organizations that have earned this coveted four-year designation multiple times. There are only 581 Magnet hospitals in the U.S., with 26 being in Florida.

Magnet designation is achieved after successfully completing a rigorous process that includes a lengthy application, on-site visit, review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition and compliance in more than 80 standards.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 57 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-844-512-5810), visit, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube