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Pathway to Excellence

A culture where nurses feel valued and supported by leadership is essential for nursing professionals to do their best and provide quality care for our patients.

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Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital have achieved the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence designation. Tidelands Waccamaw also received a $10,000 award for its “Teach-Back” curriculum to increase effectiveness of care at discharge.

Pathway to Excellence means that our hospitals are recognized as two of the nation’s best hospitals for nurses to work and excel. The distinction not only singles out our hospitals for creating environments where nurses feel valued and supported by leadership, but it also recognizes our organization for nurturing a culture where nurses are motivated to do their best every day in caring for our patients, caring for one another and having pride in our organization. Pathway to Excellence means our nurses are part of a team that values communications, teamwork and goes the extra mile for patients.

To achieve Pathway designation, our hospitals completed a thorough review process that documented quality initiatives, including leadership accountability, patient care, safety of work environment and professional development opportunities to create a positive work environment as defined by nurses.

These initiatives must be visible in our practices, policies and culture. Nurses across our organization verified the presence of the criteria in our organization through participation in a confidential online survey. Find out more about nursing opportunities at Tidelands Health.

What our nurses are saying about Pathway to Excellence

Angela Vitali, MHA, RN

Award-Winning Excellence

In 2020, Tidelands Waccamaw was  redesignated as a Pathway to Excellence hospital after a thorough review process. The designation is awarded for three years. Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital was redesignated in 2018.

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Outpatient clinical quality

“Pathway to Excellence means patients first. I am proud to be a part of a team proven to provide outstanding patient care. This is only possible through the hard work and dedication of our organization. This award is notable in the care we provide every day at Tidelands Health, which is why I choose to work here.”

Stephen Proctor, RN, nursing staff, ICU

 “Pathway to Excellence means our hospitals are recognized for nurses’ dedication to delivering compassionate, patient-centered care. Tidelands Health also is an organization that supports nurses’ contributions, professional development and a nurturing work setting.  We, as a team, worked very hard to achieve our designation, and I am proud of all of us."

12 Standards for ANCC Designation

1. Nurses control practice of nursing

2. Safe and healthy work environment

3. Systems in place to address patient care and practice concerns

4. Orientation prepares nurse for environment that he/she works in

5. Chief nursing officer is qualified and participates at all levels of the organization

6. Professional development is provided and used

7. Equitable compensation is provided

8. Nurses are recognized for achievements

9. Balanced lifestyle is encouraged

10. Collaborative relationships are valued and supported

11. Nurse managers are competent and accountable

12. Quality programs and evidence-based practices are used