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Atrium Health Navicent Peach Receives Pathway to Excellence Designation

Hospital is one of eight in Georgia recognized by the American Nurses Association program

Atrium Health Navicent Peach has received the prestigious Pathway to Excellence Program designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Pathway to Excellence is the premier designation for healthy work environments and recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate a commitment to establishing the foundation of a healthy workplace for staff.

“Supporting our nursing staff with professional development opportunities, a safe work environment and ensuring they have supportive leadership dedicated to their success has a direct impact on how they interact with our patients, leading to the highest quality of patient care,” said Atrium Health Navicent Chief Nurse Executive Tracey Blalock. “Congratulations to Atrium Health Navicent Peach on achieving this designation!”

Atrium Health Navicent Peach is one of eight Pathway to Excellence designated hospitals in Georgia and one of 215 in the nation.

To achieve the Pathway to Excellence designation, Atrium Health Navicent Peach met the ANCC’s six overarching standards that form the framework of a healthy work environment: shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being and professional development. The review included a review of documentation, teammate narratives and comprehensive surveys completed by nearly every nurse at the hospital.

“Atrium Health Navicent Peach is a small community hospital that delivers high-quality health care and we’re thrilled that the ANCC recognizes our dedication to teammates. Supporting a positive work environment and a culture of safety and teamwork directly impacts the experience and care our patients receive,” said Atrium Health Navicent Peach CEO Laura Gentry who also serves as vice president for Atrium Health’s Georgia primary care service line.

Atrium Health Navicent Peach is part of Advocate Health, the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States which includes 12 ANCC Magnet-designated hospitals. Magnet designation recognizes a hospital’s commitment to excellence in nursing leadership, professional development, community impact, professional practice, quality patient care and innovation.

Atrium Health Navient The Medical Center is a four-time Magnet recipient. Atrium Health Navicent Peach is the first in Advocate Health to receive the Pathway to Excellence designation.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit www.NavicentHealth.org.

About Advocate Health

Advocate Health is the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 155,000 team members across 68 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $6 billion in annual community benefits.