Waupun Memorial Hospital achieves Pathway to Excellence designation for third time

Shelly Haberman

Waupun Memorial Hospital has once again achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Waupun Memorial Hospital first received this honor in 2013. At the time, Waupun Memorial Hospital was the first health care provider in the region, and one of only two in Wisconsin to receive the prestigious designation.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is a global credential that highlights Waupun Memorial Hospital’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued. Waupun Memorial Hospital 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.

“To receive this designation for a third consecutive time is an outstanding achievement for Waupun Memorial Hospital, our nurses and the community as a whole,” says DeAnn Thurmer, president and chief nursing officer at Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital. “This honor demonstrates our continued commitment to quality care for our patients, and to our nurses - those individuals dedicated to providing the personal touch to our patients each and every day.”

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, Waupun Memorial 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 Waupun Memorial Hospital know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is perfectly suited to small and medium-sized healthcare organizations, but is attainable by all healthcare facilities around the world. 

“Our Pathways designation shows our commitment to the nursing staff at Waupun Memorial Hospital,” according to Kyle Hunter, administrative director of Nursing at Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital. “It shows a mutual trust and respect that our ministry will provide the tools, resources and platform that our nurses need to perform their jobs, and in return, our nurses work to provide our patients with the highest level of quality, care and expertise that they can. 

“The voice of the nurse is extremely important when making clinically-related decisions and this designation shows that we listen to those voices,” Hunter adds. “This designation is completed by the nurses, for the nurses, to honor the nurses. It really is all about them. Without their determination to provide the best care possible, we would not be able to achieve this designation.”

Waupun Memorial Hospital, a member of Agnesian HealthCare, offers a wide array of quality inpatient and outpatient health care services for families throughout the Waupun and surrounding areas. Agnesian HealthCare is a member of SSM Health.

Founded in 1951, Waupun Memorial Hospital - located at 620 W. Brown Street in Waupun - provides full family health care services, including comprehensive women’s health services, ambulatory infusion and anticoagulation management, cancer care, cardiopulmonary services, cardiac rehab, diabetes services, dialysis, intensive care, medical imaging (including digital mammography), nutrition counseling, obstetrics, palliative care, mobile meals, wound care and therapies.

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