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NYC Health + Hospitals Kings County awarded pathway to excellence designation

The first in Brooklyn, the ‘pathway to excellence’ designation is given to just 201 health care institutions worldwide by American Nurses Credentialing Center

October 24, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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EAST FLATBUSH – NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County announced Friday that they received a prestigious designation, the Pathway to Excellence ® of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), that commends the hospital’s efforts in creating a positive work environment and integrating nurse involvement in all facets of the hospital.

At the corner of Winthrop and New York Avenues, local leaders gathered to speak on the institution’s positive environment for nurses Monday afternoon. As gathered for the announcement, nurses around the city and in New York State are faced with massive staff shortages and labor disputes. Contracts for nurses in the largest city hospitals, Montefiore, Mt. Sinai and NY-Presbyterian, will expire on Dec. 31. It is expected that they will lead a protest at Brooklyn Borough Hall before the end of the year.

NYC + Health and Hospitals/Kings County, otherwise known as the Kings County Hospital Center in East Flatbush, met the standards set forth by the ANCC in daily procedure, policy and culture of the hospital. The six criteria ‘pathways’ the ANCC uses to evaluate hospitals include:

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Shared decision-making: Creation of opportunities for nurses to professionally network and collaborate, share ideas.

Leadership: Facilitation an accessible environment and collaborative decision-making. Planning for leadership development, orientation retention, accessibility and succession planning.

Safety: Prioritization of patient and nurse safety. A workplace free of bullying and incivility.

Quality: Steady improvement of overall vision of care, family- and evidence-based, that shows a continuing population health.

Well-being: Promotion of a workplace culture that recognizes the contribution of nurses and health care providers. Supports for staff’s mental and physical health.

Professional development: Nurse competency, monitoring and support – the procurement of lifelong opportunities for nurse employees.

“Kings County nurses are resilient, engaged, empowered, they work together, and more importantly, they are committed to elevating nursing practice to the highest level to improve patient outcomes,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Chief Nursing Officer Opal Sinclair-Chung, RN, BSN, MS, MSNE, in a statement on Oct. 21.

“They advance themselves by getting educated and updated with the latest evidence-based practice and research, and apply these in their practice. When our nurses set a goal, they’re focused and won’t stop until they get it done. Nurses at Kings County understand that patients are the center of our being.”

“We exist because of them. We advocate for them and are committed to their safety at all times. We believe in working together, engaging in inter-professional collaboration, and creating a culture of person- and family-centered care, driven by Kings County’s strong mission, vision, values, and goals.”

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is the only hospital in New York City to receive the Pathway to Excellence designation. In striving for excellence under the ANCC’s criteria, the hospital benefits from improved patient outcomes, higher levels of safety and job satisfaction, as well as reduced turnover.

“The Pathway to Excellence designation is akin to receiving an Olympic medal,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD.

“It symbolizes being at the absolute top of the nursing profession nationally and globally, but also represents the years of hard work and training and planning it took to get there. It’s not just this award that is cause for celebration, but the way our nurses engage in and deliver patient care every single day. They are happier, and our patients are happier and healthier as a result! Congratulations to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County for this special honor.”


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