Norwalk Hospital Announces American Nurses Credentialing Center PATHWAY TO EXCELLENCE® DESIGNATION

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As a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization, Norwalk Hospital is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace.

“Norwalk Hospital nurses are committed to providing outstanding, high quality patient care and to pursuing ongoing professional growth and development,” Renee Mauriello, RN, MSN, vice president of nursing and patient care services, Norwalk Hospital.

Norwalk Hospital is pleased to announce it 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 Norwalk Hospital and identifies it as one of the best places to work. It identifies an organizations’ commitment to nurses and their contributions toward the pursuit of safe, quality patient care.

“Norwalk Hospital nurses are committed to providing outstanding, high quality patient care and to pursuing ongoing professional growth and development,” Renee Mauriello, RN, MSN, vice president of nursing and patient care services, Norwalk Hospital, said. “Our nurses are also dedicated to providing health education to the public to promote wellness and early detection. This prestigious designation confirms their unwavering commitment to our community,” she added.

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, Norwalk Hospital 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 Norwalk Hospital know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment. One hundred and nineteen organizations have achieved this designation nationally, including seven in New England. Norwalk Hospital is the first hospital in Connecticut to achieve this designation.

About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Norwalk Hospital, Danbury Hospital, and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, Norwalk Hospital Foundation, and other affiliates.

For more information, visit our websites: http://www.danburyhospital.org; http://www.newmilfordhospital.org; and http://www.norwalkhospital.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital

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. http://www.nursecredentialing.org

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