Pathway To Excellence Designation
United Regional Health Care System achieved the Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2011 and was re-designated in 2014 and again in 2018. The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at United Regional and identifies it as one of the best places to work.
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.
As a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization, United Regional 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 United Regional know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.
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. www.nursecredentialing.org
Leapfrog Top Hospital Award
United Regional received the 2017 Top Hospital Award from the Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is achieved only by those hospitals that meet some of the nation’s toughest standards for safety and quality.
Over 1900 hospitals were considered for this honor, with selection based on 1) submitted results of Leapfrog Hospital Surveys and 2) publicly-available metrics in such areas as medication safety, inpatient care management, infections and injuries, and maternity care.