The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded Timpanogos Regional Hospital the 2016 Pathway Award®. Timpanogos Regional Hospital is a full-service emergency care facility specializing in heart care, orthopedics, maternity and neonatal care in Orem, Utah.
The $25,000 Pathway Award honors a project proposal in a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization that demonstrates innovation and technology to create a positive nurse practice environment. The monetary award — sponsored by Cerner, a global leader in health care technology — will be used to further implement and expand the project. This year's award was presented Thursday at the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Philadelphia.
"The ANCC Pathway Award gives us the opportunity to celebrate innovative nursing projects," said Eva Karp, RN-BC, MBA, chief clinical officer and senior vice president, Cerner. "It's phenomenal how much we are able to achieve as a community. Timpanogos is connecting what matters and we are proud to support its future efforts."
Timpanogos Regional Hospital's winning proposal—Mom2Baby iPads—was developed to decrease the stress of mothers and family members who are separated from infants admitted to the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Through Mom2Baby, mothers at Timpanogos are now able to see their babies in the NICU using iPads and FaceTime, an Apple Inc. application that allows users to make video calls to other FaceTime-enabled devices (iPads, iPhones, etc.).
"Nurses really wanted to improve the patient experience and help connect mothers and babies, even if it's remotely. That's where nurse innovation kicked in," said Timpanogos Regional Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Sandy Ewell, MBA, RN, BSN.
Nurses within the NICU multidisciplinary team were involved in developing the Mom2Baby project. The grant funded by the Pathway Award will be used to investigate and implement commercially developed technology systems to expand the Mom2Baby program.
"On behalf of our NICU nurses and staff, I'm thankful to ANCC and Cerner for awarding us the grant to expand the connection between mothers and babies, along with their family and friends, made possible by innovative information technology," Ewell said. "It's gratifying to know that soon, we will have the resources to support a much more superior product to help us reach this goal."
"Frontline nurses in Pathway-designated organizations are key partners in identifying ways to provide exceptional care and are empowered to make a difference in each patient's health care experience," said Christine Pabico, director, Pathway to Excellence Program®. "The Mom2Baby project is a great example and I'm always eager to find out what Pathway nurses will do next."
About the Pathway to Excellence® Program
The Pathway to Excellence Program recognizes a health care organization's commitment to creating a positive nursing practice environment. The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care® Program is the first to recognize this type of supportive work setting specifically in long-term care facilities. Pathway organizations focus on collaboration, career development and accountable leadership to empower nurses. www.nursecredentialing.org/pathway
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials. www.nursecredentialing.org
Cerner's health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 20,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients' clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner's mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. For more information about Cerner, visit cerner.com, read our blog at cerner.com/blog, connect with us on Twitter at twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook at facebook.com/cerner. Our website, blog, Twitter account and Facebook page contain a significant amount of information about Cerner, including financial and other information for investors.
About Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem
Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Utah County offers invaluable expertise gained from delivering exceptional patient care since 1998. We may not be bigger, but we strive to be better as our hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare. We meet that standard through changes in upgrading technology and advanced procedures. While these changes may be constant, our tradition of caring and healing will never fade.