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LMH Earns Pathway to Excellence Redesignation


LMH one of only two Illinois hospitals to earn honor

Lincoln Memorial Hospital has been redesignated as a Pathway to Excellence® hospital, making it one of only 201 nursing teams across the nation and only two in Illinois to earn the status.

The American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced the redesignation on April 19. The Pathway designation highlights Lincoln Memorial Hospital’s commitment to providing exceptional patient care, and it reflects a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued. LMH’s nurses are an integral part of the healthcare team, with a voice in policy and practice. Pathway nurses are engaged, resulting in higher job satisfaction, reduced turnover, improved safety, and better patient outcomes.

“I am honored to be part of such an outstanding team of nursing professionals, and I am proud of the incredible impact we have on the health and well-being of our patients and their families,” said Roxanne Stelle, LMH chief nursing officer. “This redesignation speaks to the excellence of nursing practice at LMH and further demonstrates that we are committed to not only providing high-quality, safe and compassionate care for all of our patients, but to do so in an environment where nurses are valued for their skill and expertise.” LMH received its initial Pathway designation in 2019.

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of the six Pathway to Excellence practice standards including:

  • Shared decision-making
  • Leadership
  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Well-being
  • Professional development

“I am very proud of the LMH nursing team for earning this prestigious redesignation,” said Dolan Dalpoas, chief executive officer at Lincoln Memorial Hospital. “The application process is exceptionally rigorous and the nursing team rose to the challenge. We also recognize other LMH colleagues for the support they provided our nursing team as they pursued this goal. Achieving Pathway redesignation demonstrates our commitment to sustained nursing excellence to improve the health of the Lincoln community.”

About the Pathway to Excellence Designation

For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents 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 a completely voluntary and confidential online survey.

As a Pathway to Excellence designated organization, LMH is committed to creating an environment where nurses excel and feel valued as integral members of inter-professional nursing teams. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at LMH know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed hospital located at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, Illinois and is an affiliate of Memorial Health. For more information about LMH, 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.