(OMAHA, Neb.) - Alegent Creighton Health is proud to announce
that Immanuel Medical Center has achieved Pathway
to Excellence® designation by the American
Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Pathway to Excellence designation
identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The
designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Immanuel
Medical Center and identifies it as one of the best places to work.
"The Pathway to Excellence designation demonstrates that Immanuel Medical Center
has created a work environment where nurses flourish and is evidence that, nursing
as a profession is respected, professional development is supported, and optimal
practice environments are nurtured," said Kathryn Koehler, MSN, MBA, RN, chief
nurse executive at Immanuel Medical Center. "This designation confirms that
our hospital is committed to the highest quality patient care, recognizing the
contributions nurses make in collaborating with the healthcare team in achieving
The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence
of characteristics known as "The Pathway to Excellence Practice Standards."
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
"With our hospitals earning their Pathway to Excellence designation, along with
our Magnet® hospitals, the nursing communities within Alegent Creighton Health
are proud of what we have accomplished," said Jane Carmody, DNP, RN, CENP, vice
president and chief nursing officer for Alegent Creighton Health. "We are on
the Pathway journey at all our other sites as we continue to provide the highest
level of care for our patients across the system."
Both Mercy Hospital and Lakeside
Hospital have earned Magnet status from the ANCC. Mercy, first designated
in 2005 and designated a second time in 2010, remains western Iowa’s only Magnet
facility. Lakeside was recognized as a Magnet hospital in 2008.
As a Pathway to Excellence designated organization, Immanuel
Medical Center 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 Immanuel Medical Center
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 recognizes the long-standing excellence
in compassionate care provided by our nurses at Immanuel Medical Center," said
Ann Schumacher, president of Immanuel Medical Center. "I’m very proud of our
entire team for their dedication to our patients. From that dedication, I have
no doubt we will continue to find ways to continuously improve patient care."
The Pathway to Excellence designation is perfectly suited to small and medium-sized
healthcare organizations, but is attainable by all healthcare facilities around
Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Mercy-Corning Hospital achieve the Pathway
to Excellence designation.
In November, Bergan Mercy Medical Center Mercy Hospital in Corning, IA also
achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation. Bergan Mercy Medical Center
became the first hospital in Nebraska to achieve the Pathway to Excellence designation.
About Alegent Creighton Health
With a commitment to providing high-quality care and an exceptional patient experience,
Alegent Creighton Health physicians and employees are focused on caring for the
body, mind and spirit of every person. Patients find a continuum of care at Alegent
Creighton Health, from primary care through geriatrics. Sponsored by Catholic
Health Initiatives (CHI), Alegent Creighton Health is the largest not-for-profit,
faith-based healthcare provider in Nebraska and southwest Iowa with 11 acute care
hospitals, a specialty spine hospital, freestanding inpatient psychiatric and
skilled nursing facilities and more than 100 Alegent Creighton Clinic locations.
As the primary teaching partner of Creighton University's health sciences schools,
Alegent Creighton Health and Alegent Creighton Clinic are committed to teaching
the health professionals of the future. For more information about Alegent Creighton
Health, visit AlegentCreighton.com.
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 Magnet Recognition Program®, Pathway to Excellence
and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care Programs; 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.