Partner Spotlight: Eastern State Hospital/Central Kentucky Recovery Center’s Magnet Status

Monday, December 20, 2021

Pictured above from right to left: Morgan Gott, Shelby Gant, Sheri Keltner, Nita Khatiwada, Sabita Ghale, Haley Back, Teri Luckett, Courtney Coyle, Wayne Johnson, Tanna McKinney, Marc Woods

Eastern State Hospital/Central Kentucky Recovery Center (ESH/CKRC) holds Magnet designation. This is the first time ESH/CKRC has received this honor. ESH is also the first state psychiatric facility in the country to receive this honor. ESH is managed by UK HealthCare who received Magnet re-designation at the same time. Magnet status is a prestigious designation awarded to hospitals by American Nurses Credentialing Center, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association. 

The credential is a sign of nursing excellence and requires that facilities uphold distinctive criteria using evidence for patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. These criteria indicate the strength and quality of the nursing services. Only about 10% of all hospitals in the United States have been awarded Magnet status. The Magnet designation runs for a period of 4 years, after which institutions can reapply to uphold the honor. The 5 components of the Magnet model include:

Magnet Component 1: Transformational Leadership

Magnet Component 2: Structural Empowerment

Magnet Component 3: Exemplary Professional Practice 

Magnet Component 4: New Knowledge, Innovation, Improvements

Magnet Component 5: Empirical Quality Results


Marc Woods, Chief Nursing Officer for Behavioral Health at UK HealthCare, explains the importance of this designation for ESH: “As the first psychiatric hospital in Kentucky to receive Magnet designation, Eastern State Hospital is exemplary among psychiatric organizations in demonstrating excellence in psychiatric nursing care. The recognition is a testament to the incredible passion of the nursing staff and other providers at the hospital to deliver top-notch behavioral health care to some of the most vulnerable people in our state. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of such an enterprise that strives for excellence in patient care while supporting staff to excel in their profession.” 

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s Behavioral Health Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BH WELL) research team enjoys a hands-on, robust partnership with ESH/CKRC, a campus that includes an acute psychiatric hospital and a center that supports individuals living with mental illness who are transitioning to the community.  

Read the April 2021 UKnow story about ESH achieving magnet status.