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

November 29, 2022 Jaime DeJesus, Brooklyn Reporter
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It was a celebratory atmosphere at the NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health. The hospital received the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) on Monday, Nov. 28.

According to, the Pathway to Excellence Program recognizes a health care organization’s commitment to creating a positive practice environment that empowers and engages staff. By investing in the optimum workplace for nurses, organizations demonstrate a culture of sustained excellence, resulting in the successful recruitment of top candidates and staff retention through high job satisfaction.

Hospital staff, elected officials, and other leaders gathered at the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital Lobby for the announcement.

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NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Chief Executive Officer Svetlana Lipyanskaya congratulates the nurses.
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NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health CEO Svetlana Lipyanskaya was thrilled to welcome everyone to the celebration of receiving the prestigious pathway designation

“We are the second hospital in Brooklyn and the third in the city to achieve this recognition,” she said. “To each and every frontline nurse who makes up the dynamic and resilient nursing team here at south Brooklyn, it’s truly each and every one of you that got us to this celebration today. Achieving the prestigious designation is our journey to the future. It means we are on our way to creating a culture where our nurses feel supported and cared for.”

202 health care organizations in the world have earned the designation.It 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.

Dr. Valerie Morrision made the announcement and applauded the nurses’ hard work.

“You’ve built a culture where direct care nurses are empowered to ensure patient safety and they are an integral voice of interprofessional decision making,” she said. “Where nurse managers are leading from the front and are accessible to the staff and where patient and family center care is evidently practiced ensuring high quality outcomes.”

ANCC uses a three-year process to evaluate continuous improvement in the areas of shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being, and professional development.

Members of NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health are recognized for their hard work.
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“This is about empowering nurses,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz MD. “Empowering means that whatever the situation is that you’re going to do a good job.”

He also praised their work during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“No one went to school to learn how to care for COVID patients and no one learned how to care for multiple patients of an ICU level at the same time but they did it because they were empowered, motivated and this is a great honor to these nurses,” Katz said.

Councilmember and Chair of NYC Council Committee on Hospitals Mercedes Narcisse was also in attendance.

Councilmember Mercedes Narcisse.
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“Nurses are indeed the backbone of our health care delivery system and I thank you ANCC for providing us with an occasion to celebrate these hard working and skilled individuals who certainly deserve our grace,” she said. “Nurses lead the way. Without nurses, I don’t know about hospitals. These great healthcare superheroes shepherded us through the pandemic.”

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.

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