GMC DeWitt Earns Pathway to Excellence® Re-Designation - Genesis Health System

Published on December 17, 2019

GMC DeWitt Earns Pathway to Excellence® Re-Designation

DEWITT, Iowa – Dec. 17, 2019 -- Genesis Medical Center-DeWitt has been awarded Pathway to Excellence® re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Pathway to Excellence® recognizes health care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

The Pathway to Excellence® designation is granted for three years and may be renewed. This is the second renewal of Pathway to Excellence® for Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt.

GMC-DeWitt is one of three hospitals in Iowa that currently have Pathway to Excellence® designation. Nationwide, only 167 facilities of 5,564 hospitals are designated as a Pathway to Excellence® organization.

Pathway to Excellence® designation is one of the highest honors for nursing practice for hospitals, regardless of hospital size.

Pathway to Excellence® focuses on the essential elements of an optimal nursing practice environment. The designation confirms to the community that the healthcare organization is committed to nurses and their practice.

GMC-DeWitt completed an extensive application to share how it successfully met the six practice elements, which are: Shared Decision Making, Leadership, Safety, Quality, Well-being of nurses and Professional Development.

Pathway standards impact a range of factors that influence vital results, such as employee turnover, job satisfaction and engagement, productivity and teamwork, nursing-sensitive quality indicators, errors and safety events, and patient satisfaction.

“When Pathway Standards are encultured throughout an organization, the nurses, the patients, the organization itself, and the community it serves all benefit,’’ said Wanda Haack, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer, Genesis Medical Center-DeWitt. “We are proud of the care provided at GMC-DeWitt and the validation from evidence-based standards that what we believe is true … GMC-DeWitt is a great place to work and a great place to receive care.”

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 by participation in a confidential online survey.

Nurses operate on the front line of health care, dedicating their working lives to protecting, promoting, and improving health care for all. To do this to the best of their ability they need to operate in an environment that supports their own needs and promotes high standards.

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