St. Joseph’s Hospital-South Achieves Pathway to Excellence National Nursing Designation

February 06, 2018

Hospital Earns Recognition for “Environments Where Nurses Excel”

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb 6, 2018) – St. Joseph’s Hospital-South has achieved the Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The national nursing recognition is awarded to health care organizations with elements of work environments where nurses can flourish and feel empowered.

To qualify, organizations need to meet six practice standards essential to an ideal nursing environment: shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being and professional development. Applicants must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents 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. 

“I am extremely proud that our nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South feel this is a place where they can effectively serve our patients and achieve their goals,” said Lisa Johnson, senior vice president/chief nursing officer at BayCare Health System. “Nurse satisfaction is very important to us, and the 98 percent response rate is a testament to the pride our nurses have in St. Joseph’s Hospital-South and BayCare.”

St. Joseph’s Hospital-South joins St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, Morton Plant Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital and St. Anthony’s Hospital as BayCare hospitals that have achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation.  

“We are thrilled that another hospital has been recognized by the ANCC and we are one step closer to achieving our goal of all 15 BayCare hospitals earning the Pathway to Excellence designation,” Johnson added.