NYC Health+Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health receives “Pathway to Excellence” designation

NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health on Nov 28, 2022 joined a premier group of health care organizations that have received the prestigious Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Pathway designation is a globally recognized credential that highlights NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued. ANCC uses a rigorous three-year process to evaluate continuous improvement in the areas of shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being, and professional development. Further, it recognizes facilities where nurses are engaged and involved – all of these facets result in improved patient outcomes, better safety, higher job satisfaction, and reduced turnover. NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health becomes the second hospital in Brooklyn and only the third health care facility in New York City to join a select group of just 202 health care organizations who have earned Pathway to Excellence designation worldwide. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County ANCC designation, which was the first hospital in to Brooklyn receive the designation. 

“This prominent ANCC designation represents a crucial milestone for our nurses as we accelerate our drive toward sustained nursing excellence throughout our public health system,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “Being a nurse for NYC Health + Hospitals is so much more than just a job or a career. The thousands of nurses who come to our facilities every day are truly on the forefront of public health care, and represent a very real and present lifeline for the neediest among us. Our South Brooklyn Health nurses have had an amazing and sustained impact upon the broader New York City health care landscape. Their energy, enthusiasm and intensity truly have made a difference, bringing outreach programs, educational efforts and health screenings to the people that need it the most. Our Brooklyn-based nurses have embraced leadership positions in the community, spearheading advocacy campaigns for health education, preventative care, social justice reforms and other critical issues facing the nursing profession. These endeavors are more important today than ever before, as we continue to grapple with the ongoing global pandemic, as well as confront new infectious disease epidemics and escalating rates of chronic conditions including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and pulmonary problems. We are proud to salute our nurses and nurse leaders at South Brooklyn Health for their efforts to attain the highest standards of the nursing profession.” 

“I am honored that South Brooklyn Health has joined the ranks of select health care organizations worldwide, and the second in Brooklyn to receive the prestigious Pathway to Excellence designation,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “Providing patient care in a healthy work environment is a standard we pursue each and every day, and this acknowledgement by the ANCC will contribute to elevating the practice of nursing.” 

“‘Expect excellence for all’ is not just a motto at South Brooklyn Health, it is the lived culture of our nursing team in delivering the highest quality care to our community and patients,” said Manjinder Kaur, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health. “The Pathway to Excellence designation affirms that direct care nurses are involved in collaborative decision-making in a respectful person- and family-centered care environment enriched with learning and well-being. The enculturation of the Pathway standards in South Brooklyn Health’s workplace environment has led to nursing satisfaction and retention, interprofessional collaboration, and high-quality nursing practices, which positions us to continuously improve on our care delivery. I am humbled by the opportunity to work alongside the nurses at South Brooklyn Health. Their voices and ideas for innovation and improvements to elevate the nursing practice and define what it means to provide compassionate and connected care is evident every day.” 

“Nurses are the backbone of South Brooklyn Health,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health CEO Svetlana Lipyanskaya. “With their expertise, professionalism, and compassion, our nurses are pillars of strength for our patients. They deserve a work environment where they are empowered and valued. Our Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Manjinder Kaur, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, and her team have done and exemplary job is leading us on the journey of becoming a Pathway to Excellence designated hospital. With this validation from the ANCC, South Brooklyn Health patients can truly expect excellence for all.” 

“I’m so honored to stand with the nurses of South Brooklyn Health this afternoon to congratulate them on earning the ANCC Pathway to Excellence designation,” said NYS Senator-elect Jessica Scarcella-Spanton. “Our hospitals wouldn’t run without our nurses and this designation is a testament to the difference that are making every day.” 

“Nurses serve an integral role in the health, safety, and well-being of our communities by providing quality care for all New Yorkers,” said NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams. “Empowering nurses in our city’s health care facilities improves outcomes for patients and better workplaces for staff. I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health for earning the prestigious Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This is a well-deserved honor that belongs to every nurse and frontline health care worker who have contributed to a culture of care and excellence.” 

“As a nurse and Chair of the New York City Council’s Committee on Hospitals, I am delighted at the news that NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health has received the illustrious Pathway to Excellence distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC),” said NYC Council Member Mercedes Narcisse. “Nurses are indeed the backbone of our healthcare delivery system and I thank the ANCC for providing us with this occasion to celebrate these hard-working and skilled individuals, who certainly deserve our praise.” 

The Pathway designation is a global credential that highlights NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued. South Brooklyn Health’s nurses are an integral part of the health care team. The Pathway to Excellence designation recognizes select facilities where nurses are engaged and involved, resulting in higher job satisfaction, reduced turnover, improved safety, and better patient outcomes. 

The Pathway to Excellence designation recognizes South Brooklyn Health and its nurses for their efforts to enhance quality of care and the patient experience. 

To qualify for the Pathway to Excellence designation, NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health worked closely with nursing leadership over the past three years to prepare an exhaustive application detailing how it underwent a thorough review process and then implemented initiatives that were integrated into South Brooklyn Health’s practices, policies and culture. This application process included having South Brooklyn Health nurses complete a confidential online survey validating that the ANCC standards have been incorporated into nursing practice at South Brooklyn Health. 

The ANCC Pathway to Excellence designation indicates that NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health has successfully adopted the ANCC’s Pathway standards into South Brooklyn Health’s daily practice and culture. These standards include: shared decision-making; leadership; safety; quality, well-being, and professional development. 

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