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ALMH Announces American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway To Excellence Designation


Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  ALMH represents the 169th hospital to receive this designation worldwide. 

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of interprofessional work environments where nurses can flourish and feel empowered to improve clinical outcomes for patients and families. The designation substantiates nursing job satisfaction at ALMH and identifies it as one of the best places to work and to receive clinical care.

“The Pathway to Excellence designation makes it clear that we value our nurses  and interprofessional collaboration in order to provide high quality care to our patients at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The voice of our nursing staff is heard and respected,” said Roxanne Stelle, chief nursing officer at ALMH. “It also shows the commitment that our nurses have to ALMH and our patients. This designation represents years of work by the nursing team to establish a shared governance model of leadership.  The model allows for direct care nurses to participate in decisions and processes that impact the care delivery model.  This in turn results in excellent quality outcomes for the patients that we serve. I’m honored to work with this team.”   

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of the six Pathway to Excellence Practice Standards:

1. Shared decision-making

2. Leadership

3. Safety

4. Quality

5. Well-being

6. Professional development

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 integrated in the facility’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses in the organization validate the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely voluntary and confidential online survey.

As a Pathway to Excellence designated organization, ALMH is committed to creating an environment where nurses excel and feel valued as integral members of interprofessional health care teams. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at ALMH 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 and desired by health care organizations around the world. 

ALMH is a 25-bed critical access hospital located at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, Illinois and is an affiliate of Memorial Health System. For more information about ALMH, visit

About ANCC

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, 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 health care organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care programs; 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.