Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Receives Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Receives Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses AssociationUniversity Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital 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.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Marcy R. Horvitz Pediatric Emergency Center, located on University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s main campus, is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Northeast Ohio and one of only 17 hospital EDs in the country to receive the Lantern Award this year. The Lantern Award is a 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.

“We are proud to be recognized by the Emergency Nurses Association for our quality of care and innovative approach,” says Patricia Bunce, BSN, MS, nurse manager at UH Rainbow’s ED. “The staff is dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centered care each and every day.”

All EDs 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.

Named in memory of Marcy R. Horvitz, and in recognition of a $5 million gift from Leonard and Joan Horvitz and the Richard Horvitz family, the newly constructed UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Marcy R. Horvitz Pediatric Emergency Center opened in the summer of 2011.

The Lantern Award recognition is valid for three years. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital emergency department team will receive the award at the 2014 ENA Annual Conference in Indianapolis this fall.

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.

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