Research Medical Center
October 25, 2016

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The prestigious recognition is awarded to hospitals that offer robust work environments for nurses and earn high nursing satisfaction rates. Through an in-depth survey, nurses at Research Medical Center have rated it among the best places to work.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is achieved based on the confirmed presence of 12 Pathway to Excellence Practice Standards, including shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being and professional development.

“Pathway to Excellence is earned by healthcare organizations that create work environments in which nurses can flourish and feel empowered and is a testament to professional satisfaction among nurses,” says Research Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Diane Fulton, RN, MSN. “Research Medical Center fosters a positive and nurturing environment for nurses, so they in turn can provide high-quality care for our patients. This achievement recognizes our organizational commitment to nursing and confirms that nurses working here know their efforts are supported.”

“The designation is another sign of the commitment to excellent patient care at Research Medical Center,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “We witness that professionalism every day, and we know our patients benefit from the high quality and high service our nurses provide. This is further affirmation of the professionalism that is the hallmark of our hospital’s nursing staff.”

For an organization to achieve the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational initiatives in creating a positive work environments—as defined by nurses and supported by nursing research. These initiatives must be integrated in the facility’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses in the organization validate the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a voluntary and confidential online survey.

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