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Chilton Hospital is First to Receive Nursing Designation
01/22/2013

Representatives of Chilton Hospital’s nursing administration pose in front of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, to celebrate the hospital’s Pathway to Excellence designation: (l to r) Executive Director for Nursing Karen Stutzer, RN, MS, CCRN, APN-C; Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NEA-BC; President and CEO Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN; and Standards Excellence Coordinator Pamela Farese, RN.

Chilton Hospital is the first and only acute care facility in New Jersey to achieve Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. It validates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Chilton and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

“When professionals find their work environment rewarding, patients experience a positive impact on healing,” explained Chilton President and CEO Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN. “Pathway to Excellence designation reinforces the message to our community that our nurses are dedicated to delivering the highest standards of care. Our patients will surely benefit the most from this remarkable achievement.”

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.

“I’m pleased to announce that our survey results were very strong,” explained Chilton Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NEA-BC. “We attained an 80 percent response rate. We have been dedicated for more than a year to achieve Pathway to Excellence designation. Being the first hospital in the state to reach this goal is an accomplishment that everyone at Chilton can be proud of, especially our nearly 500 nurses who helped make it possible.”

Chilton is one of only 99 facilities in the U.S. to achieve Pathway to Excellence designation. It is the only acute care hospital in New Jersey with this distinction.

About ANCC
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence Program® and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™; 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. For more information visit www.nursecredentialing.org 
 
About Chilton Hospital
Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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