St. Anthony's Hospital Achieves Pathway to Excellence National Nursing Designation



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St. Anthony's Hospital Achieves Pathway to Excellence National Nursing Designation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 13, 2016) – Demonstrating its continuing commitment to patient care, St. Anthony’s Hospital has achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation. The designation is a national nursing recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that identifies health care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. 

“The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish,” said Pat Sizemore, vice president of patient care for St. Anthony’s Hospital. “Through the compassionate care that our nurses provide to the community, we demonstrate that our hospital is one of the best places to work. The Pathway to Excellence designation demonstrates the professional satisfaction of our nurses.”

St. Anthony’s joins the Morton Plant Mease hospitals – Morton Plant, Mease Dunedin, Mease Countryside and Morton Plant North Bay – as BayCare hospitals that have achieved the designation.  St. Anthony’s is one of more than 140 hospitals nationwide to reach the Pathway designation. 

To qualify, organizations need to meet 12 practice standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Applicants conduct a review process to fully document the integration of those standards in the organization's practices, policies and culture. 

Pathway designation can only be achieved if an organization's nurses validate the data and other evidence submitted, via an independent, confidential survey submitted to every licensed nurse in the facility. An organization must have 75 percent of the questions answered positively, a critical element that exemplifies the theme of “empowering and giving nurses a voice.” 

The nine-month process included completing a detailed application for the hospital along with nursing demographic data. 

“Our nursing team provided such positive feedback about working here at St. Anthony’s and I am proud that they feel this is a place where they can effectively serve our patients and achieve their goals,” Sizemore said. 

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 393-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Celebrating its 85th year in 2016, St. Anthony’s continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993 or go to

About BayCare Health System
BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care.


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