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For Immediate Release

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Susie O'Konek, 763-684-6801


Allina's Buffalo Hospital is first in Minnesota to earn Pathway to Excellence® designation

BUFFALO, Minn. 07/21/2011--Buffalo Hospital is pleased to announce it is the first hospital in Minnesota to achieve Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Nurses seated around a boardroom table look elated as they clap their hands

Buffalo Hospital Nurse Practice Council members receive news from the American Nursing Credentialing Center that they are the first Pathway to Excellence® designated organization in Minnesota.

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

"This designation demonstrates Buffalo Hospital's commitment to the practice environment and providing quality patient care. It will help us recruit and retain the best nurses, but is an award that the entire organization has earned," says Gretchen Frederick, director of patient care, Buffalo Hospital. "We are really excited about this great achievement."

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as "The Pathway to Excellence Criteria." For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research. These initiatives must be present in the facility's practices, policies, and culture. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.

As a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization, Buffalo Hospital is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses' contributions in the workplace. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at Buffalo Hospital know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is perfectly suited to small and medium-sized healthcare organizations, but is attainable by all healthcare facilities around the world. The ANCC is the same organization that awards Magnet Recognition, another award that recognizes excellence in nursing.

About Buffalo Hospital

Part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Buffalo Hospital is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves in and around Wright County. Information about Buffalo Hospital's services, along with the latest health information, can be found online at

About ANCC

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 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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