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June 24, 2014, Summit, NJ – Overlook Medical Center has been named a 2014 recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award. The award recognizes a select group of emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
The Overlook Medical Center Emergency Department – Union campus is only one of 17 hospital emergency departments nationwide to receive the Lantern Award this year. The Lantern 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.
“Recognition of the Union Campus Emergency Department by our professional nursing association means a great deal to Overlook Medical Center, and more importantly to the community that we serve,” says MaryPat Sullivan, RN, MSN, CNS, Chief Nursing Officer, Overlook Medical Center. “External validation of the care that our patients receive and the nursing organization that provides it is consistent with Overlook's mission to make the communities we serve the healthiest in the nation.”
All emergency departments are eligible to apply for the Lantern Award, but only a select few meet the highest excellence standards. The rigorous application process requires emergency departments to submit detailed performance metrics, narratives and exemplar responses. A team of reviewers thoroughly evaluate the submissions through a blinded review process.
Recipients will be recognized at an awards gala during the 2014 ENA Annual Conference October 7-11 in Indianapolis. Award recipients are also recognized through use of the official Lantern Award seal and a physical award to display in their emergency department. The award period is three years and recipients have the option to re-apply at the end of their award period.
The 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. She is referred to as the "Lady of the Lamp" for her actions during the Crimean War when she worked deep into the night, bringing a lantern with her as she tended to wounded British soldiers as they slept.
"These 17 emergency departments serve as true models of excellence for their commitment to quality care, safety, and presence of a healthy work environment," said ENA president Deena Brecher, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CPEN. "It is important for us to recognize that these hospitals are at the forefront of emergency care. We look forward to sharing their best practices with ENA members who are all committed to exceptional performance."
The 2014 Lantern Award recipients are:
The Lantern Award is a registered trademark of the Emergency Nurses Association. More information >
About Overlook Medical Center
Overlook Medical Center, located in Summit, NJ, is part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey and includes Chilton Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown Medical Center, and Newton Medical Center. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Overlook Medical Center is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, and Urology. Overlook Medical Center is verified as a Level IV Epilepsy Center.
Atlantic Neuroscience Institute treats more stroke and aneurysm patients than any other hospital in northern New Jersey and a recipient of the Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, placing its stroke program in the top five percent in the country by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
The Atlantic Health System elite group of hospitals is on the forefront of medicine and continually set standards for quality health care in the New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area.