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Huguley Awarded American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence® Designation
Huguley Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  The Pathway to Excellence designation substantiates Huguley’s commitment to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace.  This is the second time Huguley has received this honor.

“We recognize that nurses are the front line of patient care, and we have implemented strategies and guidelines to support the nurses as they care for our patients,” said Tammy Collier, senior vice president of patient care services.  “The administration takes pride in our nursing staff.  This honor reflects the importance we place in top-quality nursing and identifies Huguley as a positive working environment for nurses.”

The three-year designation identifies for nurses those hospitals that are committed to providing an ideal nursing practice environment and that value nurses in their overall pursuit of providing safe, quality patient care.  Some of the nurse-identified components that make up essential elements of the ideal practice environment include:
• Autonomy and control of practice where nurses are accountable for their own practice and coordinators of patient care
• Strong nurse leadership that is supported by hospital administration
• A facility with clear organizational procedures for dealing with workplace and patient concerns expressed by nurses
• Safety of the work environment for both nurses and the patients for whom they advocate.

Five other hospitals in Texas also achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation.  The newest recipients now bring to a total of 52 the number of Texas hospitals who through application, rigorous review process and nurse survey confirmation have achieved the distinction.  Texas currently has 583 hospitals.