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Pentec Health Receives 2018 ANCC Pathway Award

Rachel Farbman, 301-628-5062

Silver Spring, MD — The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded Pentec Health the 2018 ANCC Pathway Award™, sponsored by Cerner. Pentec Health, headquartered in Glen Mills, PA, is an industry leader in providing intrathecal pump management through nursing services and complex pharmaceutical products for patients who require care in a flexible setting.

The $25,000 ANCC Pathway Award™ honors a project proposal in a Pathway to Excellence® designated organization that demonstrates innovation and technology to create a positive nurse practice environment. The monetary award — sponsored by Cerner, a global leader in health care technology — will be used to further implement and expand the project. This year's award was presented Wednesday, May 2 at the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference in West Palm Beach, FL.

“Health care organizations are seeking innovative alternatives to pain management practices that better serve their communities,” said Eva Karp, RN-BC, PhD, FACHE, Chief Clinical and Patient Safety Officer and Senior Vice President, Cerner. “The ANCC Pathway Award™ celebrates innovation in nursing, and we commend Pentec Health in their creative initiative for leveraging technology in care delivery.”

Pentec Health’s winning proposal was developed to address a worldwide epidemic that spans across all ages and walks of life – chronic pain. In an effort to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, Pentec started a research study that introduces nurse initiatives such as motivational interviewing, and nontraditional methods that may include integrating relaxing videos and music into current nursing practice. The expected outcome is that this will provide a distraction from pain and increased patient control, leading to reduced anxiety levels and pain perception.

“The results of our study, along with continued education for our staff in integrative care techniques, motivational interviewing, and nurse coaching, will provide support and encouragement to our patient population with chronic pain,” said Pentec Health Senior Vice President of Nursing Services Karen McHenry. “Having validated research promotes valuable teaching and learning opportunities, as well as the ability to incorporate evidence-based practice into our care.”

Pentec is developing web-based teaching programs for integrative patient care techniques and enabling nurse coaches to hold interactive sessions with face-to-face technology. Through this use of technology and educational programming, Pentec aims to advance patient autonomy and involvement in self-care selections while also enhancing confidence in care decisions.

“This award enables the implementation of interactive programming that encourages self-care and furthers research,” said McHenry. “The fact that chronic pain is a universal ailment would make our research applicable to more than just our Pentec patient population and could perhaps provide insight and support for practitioners and patients worldwide.”


About the Pathway to Excellence® Program
The Pathway to Excellence® Program recognizes health care and long term care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations meet Pathway Standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment. Nurses trust that Pathway-designated organizations respect their contributions, support professional development, and nurture optimal work settings.

About ANCC
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve high-quality continuing nursing education (CNE), interprofessional continuing education, transition to practice programs, and skills-based competency programs. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification. ISO 9001:2015 certification recognizes ANCC as an organization that provides the highest level of service and quality both in the U.S. and globally.

About Cerner
Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,000 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit, The Cerner Blog or connect on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.

About Pentec Health
For over 34 years, Pentec Health has been an industry leader in providing patient-specific compounded sterile medications. Pentec Health’s medications are used for administration in dialysis centers, as well as providing in-home Specialty Infusion through nursing services and complex pharmaceutical products to patients who require access outside of a hospital setting. Pentec Health is now registered as an FDA outsourcing facility, providing sterile compounds to meet the needs of the nation’s institutional health care segments. For more information, please visit

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