Summit, NJ – Overlook Medical Center has been named a 2014 recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award. The award recognizes a select group of emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
The Overlook Medical Center Emergency Department – Union campus is only one of 17 hospital emergency departments nationwide to receive the Lantern Award this year. The Lantern 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.
“Recognition of the Union Campus Emergency Department by our professional nursing association means a great deal to Overlook Medical Center, and more importantly to the community that we serve,” says MaryPat Sullivan, RN, MSN, CNS, Chief Nursing Officer, Overlook Medical Center. “External validation of the care that our patients receive and the nursing organization that provides it is consistent with Overlook's mission to make the communities we serve the healthiest in the nation.”
All emergency departments are eligible to apply for the Lantern Award, but only a select few meet the highest excellence standards. The rigorous application process requires emergency departments to submit detailed performance metrics, narratives and exemplar responses. A team of reviewers thoroughly evaluate the submissions through a blinded review process.
Recipients will be recognized at an awards gala during the 2014 ENA Annual Conference October 7-11 in Indianapolis. Award recipients are also recognized through use of the official Lantern Award seal and a physical award to display in their emergency department. The award period is three years and recipients have the option to re-apply at the end of their award period.
The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is credited with changing nursing from an untrained job to a skilled, science-based profession. She is referred to as the "Lady of the Lamp" for her actions during the Crimean War when she worked deep into the night, bringing a lantern with her as she tended to wounded British soldiers as they slept.
"These 17 emergency departments serve as true models of excellence for their commitment to quality care, safety, and presence of a healthy work environment," said ENA president Deena Brecher, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CPEN. "It is important for us to recognize that these hospitals are at the forefront of emergency care. We look forward to sharing their best practices with ENA members who are all committed to exceptional performance."
The 2014 Lantern Award recipients are:
Advocate Children's Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department - Oak Lawn campus (Ill.)
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Emergency Department (Ill.)
Bethesda Arrow Springs Emergency Department - TriHealth (Ohio)
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department (Va.)
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Emergency Department - Liberty Campus (Ohio)
Edward Hospital Emergency Department (Ill.)
Franciscan St. Francis Health - Indianapolis Emergency Department (Ind.)
HCA Oak Hill Hospital Emergency Department (Fla.)
Nemours Children's Hospital Emergency Department (Fla.)
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Department (Ill.)
Overlook Medical Center Emergency Services - Union Campus, Atlantic Health System (N. J.)
Sharp Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (Calif.)
Swedish Medical Center - Ballard Emergency Department (Wash.)
Swedish Medical Center - Edmonds Emergency Department (Wash.)
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Emergency Department (Ohio)
University of Michigan Hospital & Health Centers - C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Children's Emergency Services (Mich.)
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Emergency Department (Wisc.)
The Lantern Award is a registered trademark of the Emergency Nurses Association. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.