Hospital achieves Pathway to Excellence re-designation for nursing

Baptist Health Madisonville has achieved Pathway to Excellence® re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), recognizing a positive work environment where nurses can excel.

The first designation came in 2016. The program recognizes only 179 hospitals in the world. It is open to any size or type of health care group where nurses care for patients.

"This designation is external validation of our excellent nursing staff," said Chief Nursing Officer Denise Dunn, BSN, RN, CPHQ. "We have some of the best nurses, and our community should be proud that we have a hospital with this level of patient care from a highly-trained and satisfied workforce."

According to the ANCC, the designation means nurses trust the hospital, the hospital supports nurses and the community benefits from satisfied nurses equipped to deliver high quality care.

Baptist Health Madisonville nursing staff participated in a confidential survey to validate the hospital's application. The survey results are considered critical because they give nurses a voice.

To achieve the designation, a hospital must have at least 60 percent of its nursing staff respond on the survey, and must receive a 75 percent favorable response rate to 21 of the 28 questions. Baptist Health Madisonville reached this goal on all 28 questions on the survey.

Dunn commended the hospital leadership team for valuing nurses' contributions and providing the benefits nurses identify as important to their practice. Benefits include a collaborative atmosphere, a balanced lifestyle, competitive wages and tuition for continuing education.

"A positive work environment has a direct impact on work performance and patient care," stated hospital president Robert Ramey. "Our patients tell us every day how grateful they are for the safe, quality and compassionate care our nurses provide. At Baptist Health Madisonville we care for our family, friends and neighbors so it is important to us to provide an exceptional level of quality care and a positive patient experience."

Baptist Health Madisonville is part of the Baptist Health family of hospitals, which is the first healthcare system in the country to achieve every hospital in their system achieving designation as Magnet® or Pathway to Excellence® facilities.

Baptist Health Medical Group welcomes Michelle Kelley, APRN to cardiology team

Michelle Kelley, APRN, recently joined Baptist Health Medical Group Cardiology in Madisonville.

Michelle earned her Master of Science in nursing, Family Medicine, from the University of Southern Indiana and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Murray State University. She is certified as a family

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nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Michelle specializes in cardiology and is here to provide skilled, thoughtful care to our patients with coronary artery and vascular disease, heart failure, or heart rhythm disorders. We are pleased to welcome her to Baptist Health Medical Group.

To schedule an appointment with Michelle or Baptist Health Medical Group Cardiology, call 270.326.3800.

Baptist Health Madisonville cancer program earns national re-accreditation

Baptist Health Madisonville's cancer program earned a three-year re-accreditation by The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

To earn accreditation a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Baptist Health Madisonville is Kentucky's oldest community hospital cancer program to consistently hold accreditation by the CoC.

Baptist Health Madisonville offers a full-service cancer program with excellence in diagnostic and treatment-related services, a multidisciplinary approach to care, patient support and community education and outreach.

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Baptist Health Madisonville to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.

Baptist Health Madisonville President Robert Ramey explains, "We are proud to be able to provide world-class cancer care to our local western Kentucky communities. This accreditation confirms our commitment to offering advanced technology with personalized care close to home where our patients prefer to be with their support networks."

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Baptist Health Madisonville maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancers is tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.

There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer.

"When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care, including information on clinical trials, new treatments and genetic counseling," said Diana Jackson, MSN, RN, OCN, director of oncology, palliative care and ambulatory care at Baptist Health Madisonville. "Our staff gives 100 percent each day to guarantee our oncology patients receive the very best care possible."

The Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center also provides patient-centered services including psychosocial support, patient and financial navigation assistance as well as a survivorship program that seeks to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.

For more information about the cancer program at Baptist Health Madisonville, phone 270.825.5800.