UPMC Hamot recently became the first hospital in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center network and third hospital in Pennsylvania to receive the Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association.
The award is presented to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research, according to UPMC’s website.
“The Lantern Award serves as a visible symbol to our patients and their families that excellence is valued, and exceptional care is provided in our emergency department,” Anne Pedersen, director of nursing, said. “It recognizes our commitment to quality, safety, presence of a healthy work environment, and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into exceptional emergency care.”
UPMC Hamot reportedly submitted 38 clinical stories written by more than 20 clinical staff members for the award, according to its website.
“More than 15 disciplines were involved in the process, including nursing, physicians, anesthesia, forensics, trauma, stroke, cardiac, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and security, which reflects the true interdisciplinary nature of the Lantern Award,” Pedersen said.
UPMC Hamot’s emergency department is the largest in the Erie region and sees more than 80,000 patients annually, securing its validity for the Lantern Award.