Huntington Hospital is First on Long Island to Earn Third Straight Nod for Nursing Excellence

Huntington Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System,  has become the first hospital on Long Island to be designated a Magnet hospital for the third consecutive time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing services, the hospital announced today.

The consecutive designations put Huntington among an elite class of hospitals in the United States. Only 86 of the nation’s 5,724 hospitals have attained Magnet status three times or more, and only 6.8 percent -- or 391 – are Magnet accredited.

“To earn Magnet status once is a tremendous accomplishment and a great source of pride for our nurses and the entire hospital,” said Kevin F. Lawlor, Huntington’s President, and CEO. “To retain Magnet status for a third consecutive time is the result of the hard work of many people.  It’s truly a team effort by a dedicated staff whose ultimate goal is in meeting the healthcare needs of our community.”

Huntington Hospital was the first community hospital on Long Island to achieve Magnet status eight years ago.

According to the ANCC, the leading nursing credentialing organization in the United States, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing, which results in enhanced quality of care and patient safety.  Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation and members granted Magnet status must continue to meet rigorous standards.  To reapply for and receive Magnet status is confirmation of the hospital’s resolve to deliver the highest level of nursing care. Research shows that Magnet hospitals are more effective at attracting and keeping quality nurses.

“Our initial Magnet designation eight years ago raised the bar on patient care and inspired all of us – nurses, physicians, professional and support staff – to strive to be even better,” said Susan Knoepffler, Huntington’s Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer. “I’m incredibly proud of the commitment our nursing department made to once again – for a third time – to embark on this Magnet journey, and of the support, we have received from staff and departments throughout the hospital. It is truly an honor to be associated with this exemplary team of professionals.”

To view a video about how this award affects staff and patients at Huntington Hospital, visit

Established in 1916, Huntington Hospital is a full-service, 408-bed nonprofit hospital serving Huntington Township and surrounding communities.  A member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Huntington Hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and specialized healthcare services, and strives to improve the health and quality of life for the people and communities it serves by providing world-class service and patient-centered care. Visit

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