Angel Medical Center Celebrates Application to be a Pathway®-Designated Hospital

Angel Medical Center (AMC) celebrated its application to be a Pathway®-designated hospital on Wednesday, May 9. The Pathway to Excellence Program® recognizes healthcare organizations that achieve and maintain a healthy workplace for professional nurses.

AMC is our system’s third hospital to pursue Pathway to Excellence® – following Mission Hospital and Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

Pathway to Excellence® standards range from nurse satisfaction and engagement to patient satisfaction. Involvement in leading quality and safety efforts, creating a team environment and advocating for health are all standards that are identified in the program. Angel Medical Center nurses are submitting evidence of achievement of the high standards associated with designation as a Pathways to Excellence organization.

“The nursing staff and leaders at Angel Medical Center are excited about our journey to Pathway to Excellence®,” said Angel Medical Center President and Chief Nursing Officer Karen Gorby. “The Pathway® process and achievement validates the outstanding nursing care provided by our nursing team.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence Program® provides a framework for creating an ideal work environment and ensures an ongoing focus on creating and sustaining excellence. Pathway organizations foster supportive leadership, collaboration, nurse professional development and an effective work-life balance.

The Pathway® standards are considered to be the foundation of positive practice environments and are continually assessed by the Commission on Pathway to Excellence® to ensure their continued applicability. Recently, the focus of these standards was expanded to include addressing nurses’ role in promoting a culture of health and community partnerships to improve population health.

“The ANCC Pathway® designation underscores our commitment to our team members and our patients by focusing on the nursing environment and the care they provide,” said Kathleen Culhane Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals, Mission Health. “Pathway® facilities attract and retain top talent and improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.”

About Pathway to Excellence®
The Pathway to Excellence Program® developed by the ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations meet six practice standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Nurses trust that Pathway®-designated institutions deliver superior care, respect their contributions, support professional development and nurture optimal work settings.

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