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August 23, 2011

More Good News from Oak Hill Hospital: Emergency Care Center at Oak Hill Hospital Is Nationally Recognized for Exceptional, Innovative Performance

The Oak Hill Hospital Emergency Care Center is the only Florida Hospital, and one of only 20 Nationwide, honored by the Emergency Nurses Association for its first-ever Lantern Award

Catherine Edmisten
Catherine Edmisten, RN MBA
Director of Emergency Services

Spring Hill, FL – Oak Hill Hospital has announced that its Emergency Care Center is the only Florida recipient and one of only 20 nationally who received the first annual Lantern Award by the Emergency Nurses Association. The Lantern Award is given nationally to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.

In notifying Oak Hill Hospital of this award, the Emergency Nurses Association stated that 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.

Only 20 emergency departments nationally were recognized by ENA. These emergency departments 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.

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.

This is Oak Hill Hospital’s Emergency Care Center’s second national award within the last three years. In 2009 Oak Hill Hospital was selected by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) board of directors as the recipient of the 2009 BCEN® Honorary Recognition Award. The 2009 BCEN® Honorary Recognition Award was a national award given to only one emergency room a year by the BCEN®. Oak Hill Hospital was the only known ER with 100% Board Certified Emergency Nurses in the nation.

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.

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