June 21, 2011

West Houston Medical Center Receives Pathway to Excellence ® Designation

HCA Affiliated West Houston Medical Center (WHMC) has been designated as a Pathway to Excellence® organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This designation demonstrates WHMC’s commitment to creating a work environment where nurses can flourish.

According to ANCC, Pathway-designated organizations are deemed the best places to work for nurses, with high nurse satisfaction and retention. Research shows that healthy work environments improve not only nurse satisfaction but also patient satisfaction and quality of care.

“Just as West Houston Medical Center continues to meet the needs of a growing community with a newly opened $70 million expansion; our nurses continue to raise the bar in defining patient care,” said Todd Caliva, Chief Executive Officer at WHMC. “The Pathway designation demonstrates to our staff and our community that we recognize the value of nurses’ contributions. Congratulations to all of our nurses for making WHMC a great place to work and to receive care.”

To earn The Pathway to Excellence® designation, ANCC requires the healthcare organization to demonstrate that it has integrated practice standards into its operating policies, procedures, and management structure. These standards focus on the workplace, a balanced lifestyle for nurses, and policies that support nurses on the job.

“The Pathway to Excellence® designation is a tremendous honor,” said Andrea Harrow, Chief Nursing Officer of West Houston Medical Center. “Through our shared governance model, the bedside nurses are empowered to make a difference in the quality of care we provide. The nurses at WHMC are committed to the most excellent care for each patient, every day. The exceptional nursing staff at WHMC is what sets us apart from other hospitals.”

The Pathway to Excellence® designation has its roots in Texas. In 2003, the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) began work to positively affect nurse retention by improving the workplace for nurses and established the Nurse-Friendly™ designation of Texas Nurses Association.

The goal of the program was to improve both the quality of patient care and professional satisfaction of nurses working in rural and small hospitals in Texas. In 2007 ANCC acquired Nurse-Friendly™ designation and launched the program to a national audience with a new name, Pathway to Excellence® Program.

WHMC continues to honor this tradition of excellence through internal programs driven by bedside nurses to continuously improve standards of practice and workplace environment. WHMC supports eight nurse practice councils that address a variety of issues that impact patient care at the bedside including: products and equipment used in patient care; nurse recruitment and retention and quality initiatives.  WHMC encourages educational advancement for nurses and is a clinical rotation site for area universities and community colleges.

Find out more about nursing careers at West Houston Medical Center by visiting us online at www.westhoustonmedical.com or call our nurse recruiter at 281-588-8073.

About West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center (WHMC) is a 276-bed full service hospital located on Richmond Avenue just east of Dairy Ashford.  The hospital has served the community for more than 25 years with 24 hour emergency services; an open heart surgery program; neurosurgery program; inpatient and outpatient surgery and diagnostic services; The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston (TWHT) is an affiliation with The Woman’s Hospital providing women in West Houston convenient access to TWHT physicians specializing in high risk pregnancy enhancing the already high level of women’s services at WHMC; wound care and many more.  In Sugar Land, the Sugar Land Cancer Center and the Sugar Land Diagnostic Center are located on the Southwest Freeway at the Williams Trace and Sugar Lakes exit.  The diagnostic center and the cancer center facilities are departments of West Houston Medical Center. Visit us at www.westhoustonmedical.com

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 11 Hospitals, 7 ambulatory surgery centers, 6 diagnostic imaging facilities, 4 off campus emergency centers, 2 hospital-based express care centers and a regional transfer center that provides ground and air transportation to and from HCA Houston Affiliated Hospitals and any other healthcare facilities within a 150 mile radius. For more information visit our website at www.HCAhouston.com

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