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11/16/2011 12:00:00 AM EASTERN
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Beaufort Memorial, 1st SC Hospital to win Pathway to Excellence Designation
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In recognition of its nurse-friendly work environment, Beaufort Memorial Hospital has been awarded the coveted Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)—the largest and most respected nurse credentialing organization in the world.
The only hospital in South Carolina to have achieved this distinction, BMH successfully completed an extensive review process, documenting that it follows the prescribed practices and policies that create an ideal work place for nurses. Only 69 hospitals in the country have earned the designation.
“It’s a very big deal,” said Ellarene Duis-Sanders, chair of the ANCC’s Commission on Pathway to Excellence. “Hospitals that meet the criteria have better patient satisfaction and patient outcomes.”
“The designation means we work in an environment where nurses are valued for their contributions,” said Karen Carroll, Beaufort Memorial’s chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services. “If you’re happy and satisfied, it will carry over to patient care.”
Nurses Give BMH a 90% Positive Rating As part of the application process, Beaufort Memorial’s nurses were asked to respond to a confidential, online survey verifying that the hospital has met the 12 Pathway to Excellence standards proven to create an ideal nursing practice environment. BMH received a positive rating of 90%. A positive rating of 75% or better is necessary to be awarded the designation.
Established in 2007, the national program was developed to boost nurse recruitment and retention by improving the workplace for nurses. To date, only 69 hospitals in the country have earned the designation.
“People who work in South Carolina hospitals strive daily to create a positive work environment as they deliver safe, high quality care to their patients,” said South Carolina Hospital Association President and CEO Thornton Kirby. “It is wonderful to see Beaufort Memorial’s efforts and commitment honored with the prestigious Pathway to Excellence award.”
About the ANCC
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence Program™; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs.