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NCH Healthcare System Achieves "Pathway to Excellence ®" Designation

Pathway to Excellence(Naples, FL)   The NCH Healthcare System is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  NCH is one of only three hospitals in the state of Florida to achieve this status.

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at NCH and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

"The achievement of the "Pathway to Excellence" designation reflects the collaboration and professionalism of the NCH nursing team and their ongoing commitment to excellence in patient care," said Allen Weiss, M.D., President & CEO, NCH Healthcare System.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based 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. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.

"NCH is honored to be among the very few hospitals in Florida to achieve this designation. The NCH nursing team is valued for the quality care they provide to patients every day. Their focus on professional development through continuing education and certification reflects a commitment to their profession and the patients they serve,” said Michele Thoman, Chief Nursing Officer, NCH Healthcare System.

As a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization, the NCH Healthcare System is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at NCH know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is perfectly suited to small and medium-sized healthcare organizations, but is attainable by all healthcare facilities around the world. 

About NCH Healthcare System
The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, United States.  The System is more than just two hospitals (referred to as the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 715 beds.  The NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 650 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive.  Inpatient services include:  medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnostics.  Outpatient services include:  rehabilitation, home care, walk-in centers, wound healing, and more.  This year the system had 37,284 admissions, 89,000 emergency room visits, 2,900 births, 395 open heart surgeries, 11,282 surgical procedures, and 2,900 employee colleagues. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. For more information, visit www.NCHmd.org.

About 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 Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™; 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. www.nursecredentialing.org