Gracie Square Hospital Achieves Distinguished Magnet® Recognition

Gracie Square Hospital in New York City has received Magnet® Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest national honor bestowed upon health care organizations for excellence in nursing. Gracie Square Hospital is now the 3rd free-standing psychiatric hospital in the world to ever receive this designation.

New York, NY (February 6, 2023) – For more than 60 years Gracie Square Hospital, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, has provided compassionate, high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health care. This year, the hospital was honored with a new prestigious designation — Magnet®Recognition for their excellence in nursing. Gracie Square is the 3rd independent psychiatric hospital to ever receive this honor. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet® Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

In order to qualify for Magnet® Recognition, Gracie Square Hospital was required to meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence by demonstrating superiority in the Magnet® Recognition components deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care. This recognition is a testament to Gracie Square’s continued dedication to provide high-quality nursing for their patients.

“This recognition serves as an affirmation of how hard our nurses work in order to provide high quality, compassionate, and safe patient care” said Timothy P. McGarvey MSN, LMSW, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director & Chief Nursing Officer at Gracie Square Hospital. “I am so proud of our dedicated team members, who always strive for excellence and are committed to providing expert care to our community.”

The ANCC Magnet® Recognition Program was launched in 1990 to identify and promote excellence in nursing by using evidence-based research and best practices. Today, the program is considered the gold standard of nursing excellence. Research demonstrates that Magnet® Recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, including:

"The nurses at Gracie Square are some of the very best – they are truly deserving of such a tremendous honor." said Francine Fakih, Director of Nursing at Gracie Square Hospital. "We hope our patients feel assured that the efforts of our phenomenal nurses await them whenever they come through our doors."

About Gracie Square Hospital

Since 1958, Gracie Square Hospital has offered compassionate, high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health care and takes a holistic approach focusing on the individual needs of each patient. Gracie Square Hospital is the only freestanding inpatient mental healthcare institution in Manhattan and has been consistently ranked in the top tier of behavioral health hospitals for patient experience. It was the first New York City hospital to be the recipient of the prestigious Planetree Gold Certification, is designated as a Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality, and most recently, was Magnet recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information about Gracie Square Hospital, visit

About ANCC’s Magnet® Recognition Program

The Magnet® Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet® Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet® Recognition Program and current statistics, visit