SMH Emergency Care Center Earns 2018 Lantern Award



Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Emergency Care Center is one of just 19 emergency departments across the nation—and the only one in Florida—to earn the prestigious Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award in 2018. The award recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate excellent practice and innovative performance in leadership, education, advocacy and research. The national honor is a tribute to the SMH’s Emergency Care Center’s (ECC) "commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work environment," according to the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), which announced award winners this week. Sarasota Memorial's main campus ECC received the award for a three-year period based on an extensive application that provided evidence of its superior patient and staff satisfaction results and successful performance-improvement programs. SMH's Emergency team shared the outcomes of several quality initiatives, including the reduction of door-to-treatment times and length of patients’ stay in the ECC, and the establishment of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program to provide supportive, compassionate care to assault victims. The Lantern Award also recognized the department's excellent nurse retention and turnover rates, as well as staff's commitment to professionalism and education, demonstrated by their pursuit of advanced degrees and specialized certifications.

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