Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Emergency Department Recognized for Exceptional, Innovative Performance

Children's at Scottish Rite Selected as One of Only 20 EDs Nationwide Honored by Emergency Nurse Association with First-Ever Lantern Award

ATLANTA (August 2011)The Emergency Nurses Association recently announced that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite was one of 20 recipients of the first-ever Lantern Awards. The Lantern Award is given to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

“We are honored that Children’s at Scottish Rite was awarded this prestigious recognition,” said Marianne Hatfield, MSN, RN, CENP, System Director of Emergency Services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “As the only emergency department in Georgia and one of only two pediatric hospitals throughout the country to receive the Lantern Award, Children’s at Scottish Rite exemplifies the goals we strive to meet each day throughout our health care system – to deliver the highest quality care for our patients.”

The award is a visible 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. By achieving the Lantern Award recognition, emergency departments demonstrate to their peers that they exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care including strong leadership, practice credibility and workplace recognition.

“Emergency departments are the safety net for millions of patients every year.  They see patients when they are most in need of help.  The Lantern Award was designed to recognize those departments whose commitment to excellence truly exceeds normal practice,” said AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN, and 2011 president of the Emergency Nurses Association. “By applying for and receiving the Lantern Award, Children’s at Scottish Rite’s emergency department has set themselves apart.  They have subjected themselves and their practices to the scrutiny of experts and have been recognized for their commitment to quality patient care.”

The 20 emergency departments recognized by ENA were evaluated on a wide variety of performance and outcome metrics, as well as qualitative questions about noteworthy practices and attributes of the emergency department focusing on their commitment to excellence and innovation. The Lantern Award designation is valid for two years.  After that period, emergency departments must reapply, be evaluated and meet the award criteria in order to regain their Lantern Award recognition.

The Lantern Award name was selected by a survey of ENA members and is reminiscent of Florence Nightingale who is credited with changing nursing from a mostly untrained job to a skilled medical 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 checking on wounded British soldiers as they slept.

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

Emergency Nurses Association

About the Emergency Nurses Association: ENA is the only professional nurses association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of more than 39,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention and patient education. Additional information is available at ENA’s Web site

Tags: General News, Research, Quality, Human Resources
Published: Friday, July 01, 2011