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Oak Hill ER nationally recognized

Special to Hernando Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 9, 2013 at 05:54 PM

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Emergency care center at Oak Hill Hospital has been nationally recognized for exceptional, innovative performance

Honored by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) for it's first-ever Lantern Award, Oak Hill Hospital Emergency Care Center is the only Florida hospital, and one of only 20 nationwide to receive recognition.

The Lantern Award is given nationally to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.

The Lantern Award designation is valid for two years and emergency departments must reapply, be evaluated and meet the award criteria in order to regain their Lantern Award recognition.

The ENA stated 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.

To achieve the award, emergency departments demonstrate to their peers that they exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care including strong leadership, practice credibility and workplace recognition.

Only 20 emergency departments nationally were recognized by ENA. These emergency departments 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.

This is Oak Hill's second national award within three years recognizing services provided by its Emergency Care Center.

In 2009, Oak Hill was selected by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) board of directors as the recipient of the 2009 BCEN® Honorary Recognition Award, it is a national award given to only one emergency room a year.

Oak Hill Hospital was the only known ER with 100 percent Board Certified Emergency Nurses in the nation.

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