CHI St. Vincent Maintains Designation as "Pathway to Excellence" Hospital

MORRILTON, Ark. (News release) – CHI St. Vincent Morrilton has once again been designated as a “Pathway to Excellence” hospital, maintaining its distinction as the first and only hospital in Arkansas to receive the “Pathway to Excellence” recognition for its exceptional nursing care.

The prestigious designation awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognizes a healthcare organization for quality nursing standards and patient care. As a “Pathway to Excellence” hospital, CHI St. Vincent Morrilton has demonstrated its commitment to a positive nursing environment.

The designation must be renewed every four years.

CHI St. Vincent Morrilton first received the designation in 2014. It retained the status after an evaluation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC also utilizes a confidential Nurses Survey to determine whether the hospital maintains the designation. The survey demonstrates the professional satisfaction of nurses at CHI St. Vincent Morrilton.

“This re-designation as a Pathway to Excellence hospital affirms CHI St. Vincent Morrilton’s dedication to its nurses and to quality care for the community we serve,” said CHI St. Vincent Morrilton President Leslie “Bubba” Arnold. “It is an honor to work alongside nursing professionals who excel in their profession and love the work they do. We are grateful to again be recognized as one of the best places in the state for nurses to work.”

Worldwide, only a small number of hospitals have attained the “Pathway to Excellence” designation.

Healthcare organizations are measured on 12 practice standards, and organizations that seek “Pathway to Excellence” recognition must demonstrate how the standards are embodied in their operating policies, procedures and organizational culture.

Some of those standards are: Systems that address patient care and practice concerns; safe and healthy work environments; nurses controlling the practice of nursing; professional development opportunities for nurses; encouragement of a balanced lifestyle; equitable compensation; and a quality program using evidence-based practices.

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