Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Emergency Department Recognized for Exceptional, Innovative Care

Children’s one of two healthcare systems nationwide with more than one hospital receiving prestigious Lantern Award

ATLANTA (August 2013) – The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) recently announced that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston joined our Scottish Rite hospital as a recipient of its Lantern Award. ENA gives the award to adult and pediatric emergency departments that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. Children’s is the only healthcare system in Georgia and one of five pediatric healthcare systems in the country to receive the award.

“We are honored that our emergency department nurses, physicians and staff at Egleston and Scottish Rite have both been recognized for their dedication to excellence by the ENA,” said Joyce Ramsey Coleman, Chief Nursing Executive at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “To have our emergency department nurses honored by their peers is an incredible achievement and reflects our commitment to quality and safety, evidence-based care, nursing leadership and the professional development of our nursing staff.”

Each year, emergency departments submit applications to the ENA, answering detailed questions on performance and outcomes measures, commitment to nursing development and evidence-based care, fostering a collaborative workplace environment and innovative approaches to care delivery. The Lantern Award designation is valid for two years, at which point, healthcare systems must re-apply. Children’s is one of two systems nationally where more than one hospital within the system received an award. Recipients of this year’s Lantern Award will receive their award at the Sept. 21 ENA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

“Last year, our emergency departments had more than 200,000 visits, with cases ranging from simple ear infections to complex trauma cases,” said Dan Salinas, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Children’s. “It is a testament to our staff that they are able to consistently and efficiently deliver great quality care to so many children in our community, while also embracing innovation and advancing pediatric emergency medicine and nursing.”

The Lantern Award name was selected by a survey of ENA members and to honor the contributions of Florence Nightingale in the evolution of the nursing profession. Referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp,” Nightingale would work deep into the night caring for British soldiers wounded during the Crimean War.

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Tags: General News, Quality, Human Resources
Published: Thursday, August 08, 2013