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Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Redesignated as Pathway to Excellence Organization

July 31, 2023
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Riverside Walter Reed Hospital (RWRH) is pleased to announce it has achieved the redesignation of Pathway to Excellence® by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  RWRH earned the redesignation, after first being awarded in 2014. 

Pathway to Excellence® certifies the organization provides and nurtures the foundation of a healthy workplace for nursing team members. The designation is open to acute and long-term care organizations within the United States and internationally and RWRH is one of 204 designated worldwide.  

“We are so incredibly proud to be named among the ranks of other elite organizations that hold this designation” says Lanell Williams, RWRH’s Interim Chief Nursing Officer. “As the health care landscape continues to evolve, we remain committed to investing in our nurses’ growth. With quality being a pillar of our mission at Riverside, we continue to develop opportunities for mentorship, specialty certification, continuing education and more.”  
To earn redesignation, hospitals must undergo a thorough multi-year review process. The organization must demonstrate continued practice of the six positive workplace standards that make up the ANCC framework, which include shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being and professional development. Achieving and exceeding pathway standards for framework can impact job satisfaction, reduce employee turnover, increase productivity, teamwork, improve patient experience and a reduction in errors and safety events.  

“RWRH nurses have utilized the ANCC Pathway framework to elevate standards, foster resilience and prevent stress and burnout,” Williams notes. “Ultimately, this ensures a practice environment where our nurses are supported, engaged, empowered and heard, which protects, promotes and improves health care for all.” 

Riverside’s other acute care facilities including Riverside Regional Medical Center (RRMC), Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg (RDHW), and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital (RSMH), currently have their Pathway to Excellence® designation and are seeking redesignation in the coming years.