St. Joseph Hospital of Orange Designated Magnet Status for Fourth Time

November 19, 2020 Providence News Team


Thursday, November 19, 2020

One of just four hospitals in California to achieve this status

ORANGE, CA – Today it was announced St. Joseph Hospital of Orange received Magnet® designation for the fourth time. Since 2007, St. Joseph Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet hospital—a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that recognizes organizations that provide the highest-quality care. Only 8 percent of U.S. hospitals earn Magnet recognition, and less than 1 percent have received it four or more times.

St. Joseph Hospital was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2007 and was the first Catholic hospital in California to receive Magnet status. "Receiving our fourth Magnet designation is a great honor,” said Katie Skelton, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer. “Core to our Nursing Center of Excellence is having highly engaged caregivers. While Magnet is one of the highest national awards bestowed on nurses, we couldn’t have done it without the collaboration and support of the entire patient care team and medical staff.”

During a three-day virtual visit at the end of September, Magnet surveyors interviewed nurses and questioned physicians, patients, community leaders and other patient care groups about the quality of nursing care and reviewed patient records.

“I am incredibly proud and want to recognize our nurses and all our caregivers for this accomplishment,” said Chief Executive Jeremy Zoch, PhD, MHA, FACHE. “When the Sisters of St. Joseph opened the doors to our hospital 90 years ago, they set in motion an amazing legacy of caring for our Dear Neighbor—that legacy is alive and well today.”

Magnet recognition the gold standard for nursing excellence

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.


About St. Joseph Hospital:
St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California is a nationally recognized, 463-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital founded in 1929 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, St. Joseph Hospital's reputation for clinical excellence and compassionate, family-centered care draws patients from all over the United States. St. Joseph Hospital is part of Providence, a health system serving in 51 hospitals with a comprehensive range of services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. For more information visit

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