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Warren Memorial Hospital Achieves Pathway to Excellence Designation

Warren Memorial Hospital Achieves Pathway to Excellence Designation

Valley Health is pleased to announce that Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) has achieved the Pathway to Excellence® designation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Warren has joined the ranks of just 166 hospitals worldwide as an official Pathway to Excellence organization.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center developed both the Magnet Recognition Program® and Pathway to Excellence Program® as means of recognizing organizations that foster a healthy workplace environment that allows nurses and other care providers to flourish. The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of Pathway characteristics and criteria. As part of the designation process, WMH had to submit thorough documentation that it supports and maintains a positive work environment as defined by nurses and supported by research. These qualities must be present in the hospital’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses also completed a confidential online survey to validate the information submitted in the final application.

“On behalf of our entire nursing team, and everyone at Warren Memorial Hospital, we are honored to have achieved Pathway to Excellence status,” says Terri Mayes, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and CNO of Warren Memorial Hospital. “So many of our staff members poured their hearts and souls into this effort, and while on the surface this is a nursing designation, much like we all work as a team to provide care to our patients, we took a multidisciplinary approach to our application, and this amazing accomplishment belongs to all of us!” she adds.

According to Tina Carter, BSN, RN, nurse educator and Pathway to Excellence coordinator for the southern region, a total of eight teams were formed to assist in the pursuit of Pathways designation, one for each Pathway standard – Shared Decision Making, Leadership, Safety, Quality, Professional Development and Well Being. The entire journey took approximately two years to complete with more than 50 authors contributing to the 2,188-page application.

“It’s hard to articulate how many people contributed to our success in becoming a Pathway to Excellence designated hospital,” offers Tina. “Our front-line staff at WMH are exceptional, devoted and very hard working who consistently go above and beyond. The Pathway stories documented their tremendous efforts in not only providing the safest and highest quality patient care, but providing that care with grit and compassion, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” she praises.

WMH President Floyd Heater offers his congratulations and thanks to everyone who refused to give up on what was clearly an arduous and long journey. “This is an amazing accomplishment, and is a testament to what can be achieved when we all work in concert on behalf of our patients,” notes Floyd. “A team effort of this magnitude requires strong leadership,” he continues. “I want to congratulate and thank Terri for successfully leading us throughout this journey.”