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Published on September 07, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VHC Health™ Nurse Residency Program Awarded PTAP Accreditation

Arlington, VA (September 7, 2022) – VHC Health™, a community-based health system providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is pleased to announce that it has received Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP) recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. With this accreditation, VHC Health becomes one of only 233 officially accredited nurse residency programs in the nation, and the only accredited program in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia region.

“Receiving this accreditation means VHC Health embodies the gold standard in transition to practice programs, and we are honored to join the elite ranks of nursing programs with the knowledge and skills required to improve our quality of care for the patients we serve,” said Melody Dickerson, Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations & Chief Nursing Officer. “I would like to thank Deborah Deaton, Nurse Residency Program Coordinator, and Lisa Steeves, MSN, BS, RN, for their diligent work over the past five years to make this accreditation possible.”

ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. ANCC accreditation sets the global standard for residency and fellowship programs that transition registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses into new practice settings. The accreditation, granted for four years, showcases VHC Health’s nurse residency program’s content knowledge, experience of faculty, evidence-based practice, satisfaction of residents, and improved patient care and outcomes.

For more information on ANCC and the PTAP credential, please visit their website.

About VHC HealthTM:
VHC Health provides exceptional medical services as the region’s community health system. Virginia Hospital Center was recently designated a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. In 2022, the Hospital was selected for an 11th consecutive Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and a 20th consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group. Virginia Hospital Center is a 453-bed not-for-profit teaching facility and designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. VHC Health is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations.

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