University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Receives ANCC Pathway to Excellence® Designation for its Nurses, Excellent Care

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Nursing team members at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health celebrate receiving the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. (Photo Courtesy of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health)

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) joins a premier group of organizations that have received the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Pathway designation is a global credential that highlights UM UCH’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued. UM UCH’s nurses are an integral part of the health care team, with a voice in policy and practice. Pathway nurses are engaged, resulting in higher job satisfaction, reduced turnover, improved safety and better patient outcomes.

As a Pathway organization, UM UCH leads the effort to enhance quality of care, patient and nursing safety, and the future of health care delivery.

“We are so proud of our nurses and this significant accomplishment,” said Joyce Fox, RN, MS, NEA-BC, senior vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer of UM UCH. “We are the third acute hospital in the state of Maryland to receive this designation and the first in the University of Maryland Medical System.”

Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, president/CEO of UM UCH said, “The team of nurses at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health are the heart and soul of our health care system. Their dedication to our patients is second to none. We are grateful to the American Nurses Credentialing Center for honoring our nurses with the Pathway to Excellence® designation for their commitment to excellence.”

UM UCH demonstrated that it successfully met all six Pathway standards. These include shared decision-making, safety, quality, leadership, well-being and professional development. Each of these standards reflects foundational elements for a positive practice environment.

For more information on the Pathway to Excellence® recognition program, visit ANCC’s web site at https://www.nursingworld.org/pathway.

About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health includes the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center on its Bel Air campus. Most recently, it opened The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air offering services for behavioral health. The Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill is an assisted living facility that specializes in hospice. The University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital has been operating in the community for over a century and is located in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, specialty care, technology and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland. Visit www.umuch.org for more information.

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