SOURCE: Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

March 01, 2012 19:39 ET

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Achieves American Nurses Credentialing Center "Pathway to Excellence®" Designation

The Designation Ensures a Work Environment of Respect and Support for Nurses That Translates Into Better Care for Patients

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Mar 1, 2012) - Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is pleased to announce it has achieved "Pathway to Excellence®" designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies elements of a work environment in which nurses can flourish. This recent designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and identifies the hospital as one of the best places for nurses to work.

"This re-designation as a 'Pathway to Excellence' hospital is confirmation of the excellent nursing professionals aligned with MWH and with whom I am proud to be associated," said Sheila Fata, vice president and chief nursing officer of Methodist Willowbrook.

According to Fata, the Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as "The Pathway to Excellence Criteria."

An organization seeking to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction 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, Methodist Willowbrook 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 Methodist Willowbrook 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.

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith based hospital, which is part of The Methodist Hospital System. It has expanded its campus in Northwest Houston to serve the area in a more comprehensive way.

The hospital has received its chest pain and stroke accreditations, performs complex surgeries such as neurosurgery and open heart surgery, and provides special support for women and children in its new Women's & Children's Pavilion.

For more information on the comprehensive services available on the Methodist Willowbrook campus, please visit For a physician referral, call (282) 737-2500.