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Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center Receives Distinguished Nursing Designation

St. Francis the only hospital in Virginia to receive this recognition

RICHMOND, VA (Feb. 21, 2011) – Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center has received Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). St. Francis is the only hospital in Virginia with the designation.

The Pathway to Excellence™ designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish and substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center. It also identifies St. Francis as one of the best places to work for nurses.

"The nurses at St Francis Medical Center are committed to being market leaders for providing compassionate, innovative and quality care to all we serve," said Shelly Buck-Turner, vice president patient care and chief nurse executive at St. Francis Medical Center. "Our focus is to exceed patient expectations and to deliver world-class nursing outcomes. The team's engagement in advancing the professional, clinical and managerial realms of nursing has helped to propel our caring practices to be collaborative, autonomous and innovative."

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. St. Francis went through an extensive review process to receive the designation.

About Bon Secours Virginia
Bon Secours Virginia Health System, the fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. Bon Secours includes seven award-winning hospitals: four in Richmond (St. Mary's Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center) and three in Hampton Roads (DePaul Medical Center, Mary Immaculate Hospital and Maryview Medical Center). Bon Secours brings together a network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide quality health care services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs 11,000 people, about 7,000 in Richmond and nearly 4,000 in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full-range of services including cardiac, women's, children's, orthopedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery. For more information, visit

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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