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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Franklin Woods Community Hospital earns statewide award for nursing excellence

Franklin Woods Community Hospital earns statewide award for nursing excellence

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Franklin Woods Community Hospital has been recognized again for excellence in nursing.

The Tennessee Nurses Association recently named Franklin Woods Community Hospital as the Outstanding Employer of the Year for 2017. This award recognizes a healthcare agency, school of nursing or other employer demonstrating commitment to nurses and nursing excellence.

The mission of the Tennessee Nurses Association is to promote and protect the registered nurse, and advance the practice of nursing in order to assure a healthier Tennessee. Franklin Woods was chosen as the Outstanding Employer of the Year based on criteria that reflect a professional, empowered and quality-driven nursing environment.

“At Franklin Woods, we’re dedicated to creating a great environment where our nurses grow and thrive, and know they are respected and appreciated each day they come to work,” said Trish Baise, chief nursing officer of Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge Hospital. “We are honored to receive this award, which recognizes our amazing team of nurses and our leadership’s commitment to creating a collaborative work environment.”

Frances W. “Billie” Sills, adjunct faculty in the East Tennessee State University nursing program, nominated Franklin Woods for the award. Sills has been a nurse for 60 years, and serves on the Franklin Woods patient advisory council. The council is a group of prior patients and hospital team members that works together to identify opportunities to improve coordination of care, improve patient safety and quality of care, and ensure that patients and families are prepared for the care transition after discharge.

“We have a very special culture here, and a big part of our success is how we engage our nurses. We empower them to have a say in their practice,” said Baise. “We believe that nurses who know their voices are heard by leadership are much more engaged, which can improve patient care. Our nursing team is also encouraged to look for areas of improvement, and then they are involved in changes and being a part of the solution.”

Last year, Franklin Woods was recognized nationally by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation. The designation identifies the hospital as one of the best places to work for nurses, and one that creates an enriching, supportive culture where nurses can excel. Franklin Woods is one of only three hospitals in Tennessee to receive this honor, and the only one in the region.

“I’m so proud of our team and their dedication to caring for our patients,” said Lindy White, chief executive officer of Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge Hospital, and senior leader for Overmountain Recovery. “At Franklin Woods, our administration works closely with our nurses to see how we can support them, and we seek to understand their needs to remove barriers that exist in their workplace.

“We have such a positive nursing culture at Franklin Woods, and we continue to build on it. To be recognized two years in a row by different organizations for our nursing excellence is a true honor.” 

Also this month, Baise was elected as the director of operations for the Tennessee Nurses Association, and will serve on the organization’s board of directors. In that role, Baise will oversee several subcommittees in addition to other responsibilities. Her term begins immediately and will continue for the next two years.