Swedish Ballard first hospital in Washington to earn Pathway to Excellence re-designation.

October 23, 2018


We are excited to announce Swedish Ballard received the Pathway to Excellence® re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Swedish Ballard was the first hospital to be designated as a Pathway to Excellence Organization in 2015. 

The Pathway to Excellence® program recognizes health care and long-term care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel.  Organizations must meet six Pathway Practice Standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment to qualify.

Pathway-designated organizations are recognized for respecting nursing contributions, supporting professional development and nurturing optimal practice environments; all values that align with the Swedish nursing strategic plan and the system’s mission, vision and values.

“Pathway to Excellence re-designation demonstrates the culture of a positive practice environment and nursing excellence is alive and well at Swedish Ballard,” said Leslee Goetz, chief nursing officer at Swedish Ballard. 

The rigorous application process requires several ongoing preparations and involves nurses at all levels.  Each organization evaluated must participate in a formal review process, including a self-assessment by nursing staff and documentation of how the organization fulfills the six Pathway Practice Standards and more than 80 mandatory elements of performance. Swedish Ballard nurses submitted personal testimonials detailing their experiences and how nursing excellence is demonstrated at their hospital.

Nursing staff also confirm the integration of Pathway Practice Standards via a confidential survey administered by ANCC. Approximately 85 percent of Swedish Ballard nurses participated in this survey, which demonstrated overwhelmingly positive results.