Hospital receives redesignation
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz this year was redesignated as a Pathway to Excellence Program through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, following its previous designation from 2017 to 2021. The current redesignation is good through 2026, according to a news release.
The program recognizes health care organizations for positive proactive environments where nurses excel, nursing leadership fosters a collaborative culture, and hospital policies reflect nursing input where patients and nurse safety come first.
“This (designation) is important in the nursing profession because nurses have to have their voices heard. It’s an opportunity for nurses to bring up areas they want to improve and ways to improve. We work together as a team to move forward toward those objectives,” said Joanne McCarn, director of patient services, in the release.
The director oversees nursing personnel at the hospital, and leads and evaluates the nursing team, and helps to set nursing objectives and long-term goals.
“The designation is important for patients to know that their nurses are their advocates,” said McCarn.
New pre-op unit aims for a smoother transition
AdventHealth Dade City has unveiled its new 4,500-square-foot pre-operative (pre-op) unit. The space has doubled in size and features eight private bays to substantially decrease infection risks for patients, and provide families with a calm environment before surgery. Clinical teams have direct access from the pre-op to the operating room, which contributes to a smoother flow of patient transport.