Methodist Healthcare
February 23, 2017

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital is pleased to announce it is the only hospital in San Antonio to achieve Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of inter-professional work environments where nurses can flourish and feel empowered. The designation substantiates nursing job satisfaction at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

“I am truly humbled to work with such a dedicated and talented nursing staff who have helped us to become the only hospital in San Antonio that meets the American Nurses Credentialing Center's requirements for this honor!  Achieving this designation aligns with our mission of serving humanity to honor God by providing exceptional and cost-effective health care, accessible to all, and positions us closer to our Magnet Journey,” states Ulondia Lee, chief nursing officer.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of the six Pathway to Excellence Practice Standards:

  1. Shared decision-making
  2. Leadership
  3. Safety
  4. Quality
  5. Well-being
  6. Professional development

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. These initiatives must be integrated in the facility’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses in the organization validate the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely voluntary and confidential online survey.

As a Pathway to Excellence designated organization, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital is committed to creating an environment where nurses excel and feel valued as integral members of inter-professional health care teams. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at Metropolitan Methodist 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 and desired by health care organizations around the world.