PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center recently received the "Pathway to Excellence" designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

According to a PeaceHealth press release, Ketchikan Medical Center is the only hospital and long-term care unit in the state to earn the designation, which is "a global credential that highlights PeaceHealth Ketchikan's commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued."

Hill Pettus, the vice president of patient care services at Ketchikan Medical Center, told the Daily News on Wednesday that the designation is a statement that KMC is a "really great place for nurses to work."

KMC began the application process in February, according to Pettus.

To be considered for the designation, the hospital's nursing staff had to complete written assignments about the facility's "elements of performance."

Pettus explained that these elements included questions about the opportunities for further training and education presented to KMC staff, as well as how the facility runs its "shared governance model" of operations.

After submitting the written assignments, KMC was given three weeks to complete a graded survey. Sixty percent of KMC's advanced nursing staff completed the survey. Pettus said that by assigning the survey, the ANCC was "looking to see (the) working environment."

To successfully complete the survey, the staff must have scored 50% or higher.

The designation comes with a crystal award and certificates to be displayed in the hospital.

The ANCC designation is applicable for four years, according to the release. It applies to the 177 nurses at the PeaceHealth Medical Center, the long-term care unit, and the Ketchikan Medical Center Group.

According to KMC information, the facility is both the first PeaceHealth hospital and the first hospital in the state to receive the designation.

"PeaceHealth Ketchikan will continue to deliver on our Pathway Promise to create a healthy work environment where nurses excel and feel empowered as an integral part of the team," Pettus stated in the press release.