Baptist Health La Grange achieves Pathway to Excellence Re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center ANCC

January 11, 2019

Baptist Health La Grange is pleased to announce it has received Pathway to Excellence® re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2015, Baptist Health La Grange became only the second hospital in Kentucky to receive this recognition.

Baptist Health La Grange is pleased to announce it has received Pathway to Excellence® re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2015, Baptist Health La Grange became only the second hospital in Kentucky to receive this recognition.

The Pathway to Excellence designation recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. It also substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Baptist Health La Grange and identifies it as one of the best places for nurses to work.

“I am so proud to work among such an amazing team of skilled and caring nurses who are dedicated to providing our patients with the very best care,” said Nathan Wilson, chief Nursing officer, Baptist Health La Grange. “Receiving this ANCC designation is a testament to our commitment to demonstrate the Baptist Health faith-based values of providing the highest quality of care with integrity, respect, compassion, excellence, collaboration and joy.”

The journey to excellence in nursing is a systemwide commitment. In July 2018, Baptist Health became the only system in the world to have all eight owned and one managed hospitals receive nursing excellence designations from the ANCC.

For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment – as defined by nurses and supported by 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 completely voluntary and confidential online survey.

Cari Stewart, RN, infection prevention and control Nurse, and Pathway to Excellence coordinator at Baptist Health La Grange, recognizes that while this is a nursing designation, it takes a collaborative effort from every department, which truly makes it a hospital-wide honor.

“Any type of quality certification or designation requires a full-team effort, and Pathway to Excellence is no different,” Stewart said. “We are blessed to have a team that wants to showcase our skills, expertise and quality, and will support each other with whatever is needed from leading committees and providing supporting documentation to participating in awareness events.”

To achieve re-designation, the hospital had to demonstrate excellence in shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being and professional development. The well-being standard sparked the addition of a Pathway to Health newsletter and wellness dinners.


About Baptist Health La Grange

Baptist Health La Grange is a 120-bed hospital providing a broad spectrum of healthcare services to residents of Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Carroll and eastern Jefferson counties. The facility offers an Emergency Department that is stroke certified by the Joint Commission, and a five-star rated Skilled and Rehab Care Center. Patients also have access to a new Cardiac Center with diagnostic capabilities, Infusion Center for receiving chemotherapy treatment and renovated pre- and post-op and PACU areas. The hospital offers comprehensive diagnostic imaging capabilities including 3D mammography. It most recently opened the George & Beverly Rawlings Women’s Center and completed an expansion of its Sleep Center. Additional services include intensive and critical care, pulmonary services, rehabilitation and sports medicine and ambulatory care. Baptist Health Medical Group physician offices are conveniently located on campus. Baptist Health Crestwood, an outpatient facility, offers easy access to physical therapy, diagnostic imaging and a physician office. The hospital also managed, The Oldham County EMS, a service owned by the Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District and Fiscal Court, and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. The hospital is also designated Pathway to Excellence for excellence in nursing services by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. The hospital is part of the nine-hospital Baptist Health system, headquartered in Louisville.


About ANCC

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC’s internally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize health care organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care programs; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs.