Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Celebrates Application to be a Pathway®-Designated Hospital

SPRUCE PINE, NC (April 16, 2018) – Blue Ridge Regional Hospital celebrated its application to be a Pathway®-designated hospital today. The Pathway to Excellence Program® recognizes healthcare organizations that achieve and maintain a healthy workplace for professional nurses.

Pathway to Excellence® standards range from nurse satisfaction and engagement to patient satisfaction. Involvement in leading quality and safety efforts, creating a team environment and advocating for health are all standards that are identified in the program. Blue Ridge Regional Hospital nurses are submitting evidence of achievement of the high standards associated with designation as a Pathways to Excellence organization.

“Creating and sustaining a positive nursing practice environment is critical to providing the highest quality of care for patients and families. The Pathway to Excellence® program allows the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital nurses to demonstrate publicly the outstanding level of professionalism in the organization,” said Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Becky Carter. “Using professional governance, they will participate in developing, implementing and recognizing programs and initiatives that advance nursing standards and practice.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence Program® provides a framework for creating an ideal work environment and ensures an ongoing focus on creating and sustaining excellence. Pathway organizations foster supportive leadership, collaboration, nurse professional development and an effective work-life balance.

The Pathway® standards are considered to be the foundation of positive practice environments and are continually assessed by the Commission on Pathway to Excellence® to ensure their continued applicability. Recently, the focus of these standards was expanded to include addressing nurses’ role in promoting a culture of health and community partnerships to improve population health.

“The ANCC Pathway® designation underscores our commitment to our team members and our patients by focusing on the nursing environment and the care they provide,” said Kathleen Culhane Guyette, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals, Mission Health. “Pathway® facilities attract and retain top talent and improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.”

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH), a member of Mission Health, is a not-for-profit community hospital serving Mitchell, Yancey, lower Avery and upper McDowell counties. Located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, BRRH is a Critical Access Hospital operating 25 beds and has more than 300 employees, including 84 RNs. BRRH offers medical specialties including emergency services, prenatal and postnatal obstetrical care, wound clinic, cardiac stress testing, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, nuclear medicine, 3D mammography, endoscopy services, critical care, rehabilitation services and fitness center, cancer services, orthopedics, general surgical services, pediatrics and family medicine, and walk in, non-emergency care at Mission My Care Now Blue Ridge. For more information, please visit

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2017, for the fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit or @MissionHealthNC.

The Pathway to Excellence Program® developed by the ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations meet six practice standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Nurses trust that Pathway®-designated institutions deliver superior care, respect their contributions, support professional development and nurture optimal work settings.

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