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L-R Stan Morton, hospital president, Shelley Lewis, administrative assistant, Kathy Srokosz, assistant chief nursing officer, Melissa Winans, director of women and infant services and critical care services, Judy Conedera, director of professional practice and education, Debbie Bostic, chief nursing officer, Simone Turner, director of nursing and acute care services and Dr. Timothy Harris, chief medical officer.

DENTON, TEXAS, May 2, 2014 Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Texas Health Denton and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

 “This acknowledgement reflects our dedication to nursing excellence and quality,” Stan Morton, FACHE, president of Texas Health Denton, said. “As an organization we are constantly looking for ways to improve our processes and quality initiatives, and the end result is better care for our patients.”

As a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization, Texas Health Denton is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace. The designation was granted based on an extensive application process that includes a staff survey to determine whether the hospital exhibits the “Pathway to Excellence Criteria” set by the ANCC. The recognition requires evidence of the hospital’s quality initiatives and dedication to providing a positive work environment for nursing staff, based on a confidential survey. The survey must be completed by at least 51 percent of the nursing staff.

“Achieving this designation was a rigorous process, and we are so thankful to our care team members that were so dedicated to our success,” Deborah Bostic, R.N., M.S.N., chief nursing officer at the hospital, said. “At Texas Health Denton we place a lot of importance on working in a collaborative environment, and encouraging our staff to excel in their careers and with patients.  Receiving Pathway really enforces that our efforts to support our nurses are making a difference, which directly relates to patient experience.”

Texas Health Denton joins the 114 hospitals nationally that are Pathway to Excellence designated. There are seven other wholly-owned Texas Health hospitals that have achieved either Pathway to Excellence or Magnet designation by the ANCC.

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About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; a pediatric unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 45 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.

About Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About American Nurses Credentialing Center

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence Program® and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs.


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