Barrington, IL (PRWEB) August 11, 2012
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Emergency Department Recognized for Exceptional, Innovative Performance
Local ER Is One of Only Eight Nationwide Honored by Emergency Nurses Association with Lantern Award for Supporting Excellence in Nursing Practice
Barrington, IL - The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has announced that Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is one of eight recipients of the second annual Lantern Award. The award recognizes Emergency Departments that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. ENA is a membership organization of more than 40,000 emergency nurses nationwide.
The Lantern Award designation recognizes an emergency department’s commitment to quality, safety, a healthy work environment and innovation in nursing practice and emergency care. Emergency departments that receive the Lantern Award designation exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care, including strong leadership, practice credibility and workplace recognition.
“We are extremely proud of our Emergency Department staff,” says Karen Lambert, President of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. “The compassionate, high quality care our associates and physicians show for the over 32,000 patients we see in our ED each year, is a testament to their dedication and commitment in the field of emergency medicine.
“The quality of care provided in emergency departments is in large part determined by a hospital’s commitment to facilitating excellence in nursing practice,” said Gail Lenehan, EdD, MSN, RN, FAEN, FAAN, president of ENA. “The Lantern Awards are part of the Emergency Nurses Association’s effort to promote exemplary nursing practice and to recognize hospitals that are going above and beyond in ensuring their emergency departments are providing the highest quality care to patients.”
The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is credited with changing nursing from a mostly untrained job to a skilled, science-based profession. She is sometimes referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” for her actions during the Crimean War when she would work deep into the night, bringing a lantern with her as she tended to wounded British soldiers as they slept.
About the Emergency Nurses Association:
ENA is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing their practice. Additional information is available at ENA’s Web site, http://www.ena.org and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA develops and disseminates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and public entities regarding emergency nurses and their practice. Additional information is available at ENA’s website http://www.ena.org
About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Good Shepherd in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is ranked highest in Illinois for quality and patient safety according to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s 2011 Blue Star Report™. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. In 2010, Advocate provided more than $474,000,000 in charity care and services to its communities. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital: http://www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep