For Immediate Release February 18, 2020

ANCC Pathways

Glen Burnie, MD — University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) joins a premier group of organizations that have received Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). UM BWMC is just the third hospital in Maryland to receive the Pathway to Excellence designation from ANCC.

To qualify for designation, organizations must meet six Practice Standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment: Shared Decision Making, Leadership, Safety, Quality, Well-being and Professional Development. Organizations must submit 69 exemplary stories with evidence and complete an independent, confidential nurse survey to validate the stories and give nurses a voice.

As a Pathway organization, UM BWMC leads the effort to enhance quality of care, patient and nursing safety, and the future of healthcare delivery.

"The Pathway designation is a distinctive status that highlights UM BWMC's commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued," said David Hunt, RN, MSN, MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at UM BWMC. "Our nurses are an integral part of the healthcare team, with a voice in policy and practice. Through shared governance and multidisciplinary teamwork, they provide high quality, compassionate and evidenced-based patient and family care."

For more information on the Pathway to Excellence recognition program, visit ANCC's website at