Spring Hill, Florida – Oak Hill Hospital has announced that it received notification by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) that it has been selected by the BCEN® Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2009 BCEN® Honorary Recognition Award. The 2009 BCEN® Honorary Recognition Award is a national award given to only one emergency room a year by the BCEN®. In its letter to Bob Foster, Director of Emergency Services, and Tracy Swetokos, Clinical Coordinator, the award was given to recognize Oak Hill Hospital’s commitment to achieve 100% board certification for its emergency room nurses.

The presentation of the award will take place at the BCEN® certification recognition breakfast during the 2009 Emergency Nurse Association annual meeting on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The administrators from Oak Hill Hospital’s Emergency Department were invited to accept the award and received an expense-paid trip to Baltimore to attend the convention and recognition breakfast.

According to the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, the award acknowledges an agency or institution that has done an outstanding job of promoting the process of certification in emergency nursing.

The mission of the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing is to certify nurses who provide emergency nursing across the emergency care continuum. For more information about the Emergency Nurses Association go to http://admin.ena.org/bcen.

Oak Hill Hospital and its Emergency Department are committed to providing a 100% certified staff by September 9, 2009.

About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus County (204 acute care beds) and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive heart program including open heart surgery.

Approximately 300 physicians, 1,000 associates, and 360 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s health care delivery team.

Oak Hill has achieved distinction as the:

  • First Chest Pain Center in Hernando and Citrus County accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
  • First primary stroke center to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission in Citrus and Hernando County.
  • First comprehensive Women’s Imaging Center in Hernando County and the first imaging center offering digital mammography with computer aided detection.
  • First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)

It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please call (352) 597-6383 (Hernando) or (352) 628-6441 (Citrus).