Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Receives Second Magnet Redesignation

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center has achieved its second Magnet redesignation for its nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), hospital officials learned today. Magnet designation is one of the most prestigious and coveted recognitions in the country that a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence. 

Memorial Regional Medical Center received initial recognition in 2009, followed by its first redesignation in 2014 and second redesignation today. 

With this second redesignation, Memorial Regional Medical Center is one of three Bon Secours hospitals in Richmond to maintain Magnet status, including Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. These Bon Secours hospitals are the only community hospitals in Richmond and are among just 23 hospitals across Virginia to receive Magnet recognition. 

“Congratulations to our outstanding nursing team for their excellence and consistent compassionate care which so closely follows the mission of Bon Secours,” said Leigh Sewell, president of Memorial Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital and Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. “This redesignation is evidence that nursing excellence is a priority for our hospital and our patients. We are fortunate to have the “best of the best” here at Memorial Regional.”

Maintaining its ANCC Magnet Recognition® status reaffirms Memorial Regional Medical Center’s nursing team as one of the most advanced and exceptional organizations in the country. Today’s redesignation comes following a document submission in October 2018. ANCC appraisers visited Memorial Regional Medical Center in May 2019 for a rigorous 3-day appraisal visit with leaders and more than 200 members of the nursing staff. The appraisers’ goal was to “verify, clarify and amplify” what was written in the documents.                  

ANCC developed the Magnet Recognition Program® as a way to differentiate hospitals and health care organizations and honor nursing excellence based on a rigorous audit process. Currently, only 498 hospitals across the nation have designated ANCC Magnet Recognition® status.  According to Magnet, designated hospitals are chosen based on a solid professional environment, guided by a strong visionary nursing leader who advocates and supports development and excellence in nursing practice. 

“We are proud to be recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet hospital once again,” said Robin Johnson, vice president, patient care services and chief nursing executive. “Our nurses are at the top of their game and understand the needs of patients and families. Their contributions to quality patient care have been enormous; they are the foundation of the great care we provide.”

Once an organization achieves Magnet status, they must reapply every four years and go through a lengthy data collection and review process to maintain their designation. Memorial Regional’s application for redesignation was outcome focused, with many examples of clinical nurse and nurse leader involvement in leading changes that resulted in improved outcomes for patients and the nurse practice environment. The application also required the organization to demonstrate better than the mean nurse sensitive indicator data for the majority of the most recent eight consecutive quarters, including patient falls, urinary tract infections, central line infections and pressure ulcers, among others. In addition to exceeding benchmarks, the nursing department must also demonstrate and provide evidence of empirical outcomes for a number of standards established by the ANCC. For more information about the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®, visit

Memorial Regional Medical Center is a 225-bed acute-care hospital with an array of health care services located in Mechanicsville and serves Richmond, Hanover and Henrico counties, as well as Virginia’s Northern Neck. To learn more about the services offered, visit: