A local medical center once again receives recognition for its high quality nursing practices.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center announced that it received a magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes health care organizations that meet high standards for nursing excellence.

It’s Torrance Memorial’s second time receiving this honor. Only 442 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved the magnet recognition. The ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions.

Research has shown that patients benefit from hospitals with this recognition program. They report fewer errors, have lower mortality rates, and higher patient and family satisfaction.

The credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. Health care organizations must reapply every four years.