CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice Earns Pathway to Excellence® Designation January 25, 2017

At CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, Coastal Bend nurses can feel confident they have a place to work that will support them and help them grow professionally.

The hospital has just achieved the Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), recognizing hospitals which support and nurture their nurses’ development.

It took more than 18 months for CHRISTUS Spohn to achieve this designation; something officials said recognizes the professional satisfaction of nurses in Alice and identifies the hospital as a place where they can flourish.

“I’m very proud of our team here in Alice. The nursing staff have all worked together to achieve this goal,” CHRISTUS Spohn Alice’s Chief Nursing Officer, Margot Rios said.

For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process documenting quality initiatives that foster a positive work environment — as defined by American nurses and supported by research.

These rigorous 12 initiatives must be present in the facility’s practices, policies, and culture. Out of more than 5,000 hospitals in the U.S., only 122 are currently certified as a Pathway to Excellence® facility.

“It’s about a work-life balance that includes professional development; work environment improvements; and making sure our nurses have the tools and knowledge they need,” said Nurse Mari Cuellar, CHRISTUS Spohn’s Director of Professional Practice. “It’s an achievement for the entire team.”

Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the ANCC’s criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey, giving their input into their workplace.

“We want to make sure our nurses have a place to come work that they can feel proud of,” Rios said.

For nursing leaders, the Pathway to Excellence® designation serves as confirmation that nurses working at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice know their efforts are supported, officials said.

To celebrate, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice has planned an event to recognize the efforts of its staff, who works hard to make sure their fellow nurses have the tools they need to provide high-quality care.

“Thank you to this awesome team,” Rios added. “It’s because of your hard work and commitment that we achieved this recognition.”

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.