Welcome to Nursing Excellence
A Message from Katie Skelton, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
As we embark on our fourth Magnet Designation, I couldn’t be prouder of all that we have accomplished along this amazing journey. I feel very blessed to have the privilege of working alongside some of the finest caregivers in the country. When the Sisters of St. Joseph opened the doors to our hospital 90 years ago, they set in motion an amazing legacy of caring for the Dear Neighbor. That legacy is alive and well today. I have always believed that one of our distinctive strengths that has set St. Joseph Hospital apart from others is our culture, our secret sauce. Our culture of caring. How we do things. How we treat each other. How our mission and values are not just a plaque on the wall but actively lived every day. Values in Action! What a joy to see it all across the campus. And this culture has been our foundation for building a sustainable Nursing Center of Excellence.
Core to our Nursing Center of Excellence is having highly engaged caregivers. We greatly value the voice of our nurses and frontline staff. Our unit-based councils and clinical excellence teams are essential to driving improved performance. Our employee engagement scores are amongst the highest in the country. Our patient experience scores are in the top five percent in the country. Over the past 12 months we have earned multiple Beacon Awards from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), indicating top nursing performance in three different inpatient nursing units. We have been designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization for the second time. We are viewed as a leader in innovative mental health strategies and programs.
We are proud of our academic relationships and engage with more than 1,200 nursing students annually to provide great learning opportunities for their growth and development.
Our nursing research and evidence-based practice work is recognized nationally and our advanced practice nursing roles are growing and expanding into all areas of our campus.
We have a great deal of which to be proud and grateful! I look forward to our continuing journey together as we improve the health of the Dear Neighbor.