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WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital earns Pathway to Excellence designation


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Only fourth hospital in the state to receive recognition

Pathway to Excellence Designated American Nurses Credentialing CenterWellSpan Gettysburg Hospital nurses and leaders gathered in the hospital board room on Friday, July 12, to listen to a conference call that years of effort went into making possible.

The call came from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Pathway to Excellence.

The commission’s representative wasted little time as she offered Kris O’Shea, RN, vice president of patient care services, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, official congratulations on their designation of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital as a Pathway to Excellence hospital.

The announcement triggered a roar of applause from those in the board room and others who joined the call remotely via cell phones.

Pathway to Excellence hospitals in Pennsylvania
  • Abington Health Lansdale Hospital, Lansdale
  • Meadville Medical Center, Meadville
  • University of Pennsylvania Living Independent for Elders (UPenn LIFE), Philadelphia
  • WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, Gettysburg

According to the ANCC, the Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish.

The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

Gettysburg became only the fourth hospital in Pennsylvania to achieve this designation. It is one of only 107 hospitals nationwide with the designation.

“WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving quality and the patient experience through the continuing efforts and focus of our nurses and support staff,” said O’Shea.

“Being designated a Pathway to Excellence hospital validates these efforts. It is certainly a mark of quality for other health care providers and the larger community to see.”

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as “The Pathway to Excellence Criteria.”

For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research.

These initiatives must be present in the facility’s practices, policies and culture to achieve the designation. Nurses in the organization verified the presence of the criteria in the organization through participating in a confidential online survey.

“Everyone should be extremely proud of what the Pathway to Excellence designation means for us now and in the future,” said O’Shea.

“A tremendous amount of work went into the process over the course of the past three years. It is very rewarding to see that work reflected in becoming a Pathway to Excellence hospital.”

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