First-in-nation honor for Providence's Center for Medically Fragile Children

January 29, 2015

Oregon’s only long-term residential care facility for medically fragile children has received a first-in-the nation honor for excellence. The Center for Medically Fragile Children, part of Providence Child Center, has achieved “Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care” designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The Center for Medically Fragile Children is the first pediatric program in the nation to receive the honor, and only the fifth long-term care facility to do so.

“This confirms what we have always believed:  We provide the most clinically excellent and compassionate care to the young people we serve and their families,” said JoAnn Vance, R.N., the center’s nurse administrator. “This designation acknowledges our nurses work in a positive environment that allows them to control and influence their practice of nursing, and that improves the quality of care for our children.”

The honor recognizes settings where nurses can flourish, have professional satisfaction and identifies the facility as one of the best places to work. All those factors lead to the best possible patient outcomes.

“While we've known internally of the fantastic and compassionate care our team provides at the Center for Medically Fragile Children, this is wonderful external validation and recognition,” said Judy Tatman, R.N., Chief Nursing Officer, Providence Health & Services – Oregon Region. “The Center is also the first ministry in the Providence System to have achieved Pathways Recognition – and it is an honor.”

The Center for Medically Fragile Children is a 58-bed pediatric skilled nursing facility, the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The team provides 24-hour long-term, short-term, respite and end-of-life care to youngsters with profound disabilities and complex medical needs.  The center serves youngsters ranging in age from infancy to 21 years.