Mid Coast Hospital is a Magnet Hospital
The Only Community Hospital in Maine to Achieve Recognition

  Nursing at Mid Coast Hospital

By Paul Parker RN, Director of Education and Nursing Practice/Magnet Coordinator

Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine was recognized as Maine’s first Magnet community hospital in 2009 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a branch of the American Nurses Association. Deb MacLeod RN, MS, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services, led Mid Coast’s reapplication to become Magnet designated in 2013. A growing body of research indicates that Magnet hospitals demonstrate improved patient outcomes and patient satisfaction scores, decreased patient mortality, and higher RN satisfaction.

Less than 7 percent of hospitals in the country have been awarded Magnet designation. Mid Coast remains the only community hospital in Maine to achieve this status, joining Maine Medical Center, a tertiary-care facility, as the only other hospital in the state to carry this distinction.


ANCC Magnet Recognition

The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

Magnet Recognition is the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that patients can expect to receive from a hospital.


The Magnet Recognition Project was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center from nursing research studies in the 1980s that found that certain hospitals, even in the midst of a nationwide nursing shortage, had no difficulty attracting nurses, while many other hospitals could not find or retain nurses as easily. The Magnet Project found that certain core administrative elements were consistent across all these "Magnet" facilities: primacy of the nurse-patient relationship, collaborative nurse-physician relationships, responsive, visionary nurse leaders, nursing staff control and autonomy over their clinical practice, and a supportive administration.

Magnet Recognition is a reflection of the excellence of practice of nurses, physicians, clinicians, support staff, administration, senior leadership, and the hospital's Board of Directors. It is an award that is justifiably shared in by all members of the Mid Coast team. We are proud to be the recipients of this great honor.