Mercy Recognized For Dedication To Superior Nursing

Only Area Hospital To Receive Pathway To Excellence® Designation From American Nurses Credential Center

pr20120223_ANCC-logo(January 23, 2012 - RockvilleCentre, NY) - In recognition of the value it places on superior nursing care, Mercy Medical Center has received Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Mercy is the only hospital in the region, and one of only two in New York State, to receive the designation. Pathway to Excellence identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. It substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Mercy and identifies the hospital as one of the best places for nurses to work.

"As a physician, I cannot ever stress enough the value and importance of a great nursing staff to a hospital and its patients," said Dr. Aaron E. Glatt, Mercy's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. "Nurses," he noted, "directly influence and enhance the environment for patients, families and staff."

"Our nurses," Dr. Glatt continued, "Play a vital role in providing care in an environment devoted to compassion, highest quality, and life-saving."

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.

"The Pathway to Excellence designation demonstrates that Mercy Medical Center is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses' contributions in the workplace," said Renee Mauriello, RN, MSN, Mercy's Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. "This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at Mercy know their efforts are strongly supported."

About Mercy Medical Center:

A member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Mercy Medical Center has been providing compassionate, state-of-the-art medical care to residents of Nassau County and the surrounding New York Metropolitan area since 1913. Mercy is well-known and highly respected for both expertise and the latest technology in a broad range of services, including Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery); Orthopedic Surgery, including Joint Replacement Surgery; Spine Surgery; and Rehabilitation; and Mammograms, Breast Health and Women's Health Services. Mercy provides 24-hour Emergency, Trauma and Express Care for both adults and children, is a state-designated Stroke Center, delivers some 1,300 babies each year and is the site of the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the South Shore. Founded by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus, Mercy is proud to advance the Catholic Health Services of Long Island principles of continuing Christ's healing mission, promoting excellence in care, and commitment to those in need.

About ANCC:

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence ProgramTM; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs.





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