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Posted March 16, 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is pleased to announce it has again achieved Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The hospital first received the designation in 2008.

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

“Nurses are the lifeblood of our institution, and we strive to provide a rewarding work experience for them,” says Barbara Lazor, chief nurse executive of CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital. “We know that in working to ensure our nurses’ – and all our employees’ – happiness, we also are contributing to patient satisfaction, so it is doubly gratifying to be named a Pathway to Excellence institution again.”

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as “The Pathway to Excellence Criteria.”  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 present in the facility’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.

As a Pathway to Excellence-designated organization, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital also has been recognized as one of Houston’s Best Places to Work by the Houston Business Journal every year since 2007.

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