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.
“The Lantern Award acts as a visible symbol to patients that the receiving emergency department values excellence and delivers exceptional care," said ENA President Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN. "It shines a light on that emergency department's commitment to providing safe practice and safe care."
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.
The honor is a considerable achievement given the size, scope and complexity of Sarasota Memorial's ECC, which is one of the largest and busiest ERs in the region. The hospital's main campus ER, which sees nearly 100,000 patients each year, provides a full range of emergency specialty services 24/7 and is Sarasota County’s only Trauma Center.
"This distinguished award recognizes the hard work and extraordinary dedication of our entire Emergency Care team," said Sarasota Memorial Emergency Care Centers Director Lisa Collins-Brown, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. "They go above and beyond to provide safe, top-quality care to the tens of thousands of ill and injured community members who come through our doors."
About Emergency Nurses Association
The ENA is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation and leadership. The group’s 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. Nightingale is referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” for making rounds at night, bringing a lantern as she tended to wounded British soldiers.
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient care – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016.