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Pathway to Excellence

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 The United Regional Hospital has once again achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Only 53 hospitals in the state of Texas have received this honor, only 118 in the nation.

As the call light goes off on 6 West at United Regional Hospital, nurses spring into action.  It's the hard work like this that has helped the hospital get the re-designation of Pathway to Excellence, which identifies a hospital's nurses who promote excellence.

"It confirms that we have an excellent organization that we're maintaining that excellence and we like to promote that.  You'll see the designation as part of our logos," said Vice President of Nursing at United Regional Hospital, Adonna Lowe.

An achievement like this doesn't come overnight; an application took six months to complete.

"I had to gather information from several of the managers, the directors, leadership here and some of the nurses how United Regional has helped them grow professionally, supported, flexible work environment," said Performance Improvement Coordinator at United Regional Hospital, Cindy Hoff.

Six months to fill out and finish the Pathway to Excellence application as well as 12 standards that had to be met, most that focused on nursing practice.

"How well our organization supports nursing in that role, how we compensate them (nurses), how we promote them and how we address their satisfactions," said Lowe.

The Pathway to Excellence designation will not change the type of patient care at the United Regional Hospital.

"It again confirms to us that United Regional is one of the best organizations in the country," said Lowe.

Over 600 nurses work in direct patient care at United Regional Hospital.

United Regional Nurses first received the Pathway to Excellence designation in 2011.

Earlier this year, the United Regional Hospital was named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation for the second year in a row.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6