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Kadlec Emergency Department Recognized for Exceptional, Innovative Performance

The Emergency Nurses Association has announced that Kadlec Regional Medical Center was one of 20 recipients of the first annual Lantern Awards. The Lantern Award is given to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The award is a visible symbol of an emergency department’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. By achieving the Lantern Award recognition, emergency departments demonstrate to their peers that they exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care including strong leadership, practice credibility and workplace recognition.

“Emergency Departments are the safety net for millions of patients every year. They see patients when they are most in need of help. The Lantern Award was designed to recognize those departments whose commitment to excellence truly exceeds normal practice,” said AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN, and 2011 president of the Emergency Nurses Association.

“By applying for and receiving the Lantern Award, Kadlec’s emergency department has set themselves apart. They have subjected themselves and their practices to the scrutiny of experts and have been recognized for their commitment to quality patient care,” added Papa.

The 20 emergency departments recognized by ENA were evaluated on a wide variety of performance and outcome metrics, as well as qualitative questions about noteworthy practices and attributes of the emergency department focusing on their commitment to excellence and innovation.

“This is a great honor for our emergency department staff,” said Rand Wortman, Kadlec president and CEO. “We see over 60,000 people each year in our E.R., and to be recognized for excellence in patient care is a tribute to our team of physicians, nurses and staff.”

The Lantern Award designation is valid for two years. After that period, emergency departments must reapply, be evaluated and meet the award criteria in order to regain their Lantern Award recognition.

The Lantern Award name was selected by a survey of ENA members and is reminiscent of Florence Nightingale who is credited with changing nursing from a mostly untrained job to a skilled medical profession. She is sometimes referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” for her actions during the Crimean War when she would work deep into the night checking on wounded British soldiers as they slept.

For more information about the Lantern Award, please contact Anthony Phipps at aphipps@ena.org.

About the Emergency Nurses Association:
ENA is the only professional nurses association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of more than 39,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention and patient education. Additional information is available at ENA’s Web site www.ena.org.