Children’s Emergency Services awarded for exceptional performance

Children’s Emergency Services, a division of the Department of Emergency Medicine at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, has been named a recipient of the 2014 Lantern Award for exceptional performance in leadership, education, practice, advocacy and research.

Each year, the Emergency Nurses Association awards hospitals throughout the country for excellence in an emergency department setting. Children’s Emergency Services is one of only 17 emergency departments nationwide to receive the Lantern Award this year and the only pediatric emergency department in Michigan to be recognized.

The award is a visible symbol of the Health System’s commitment to quality, safety, presence of a healthy work environment, and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into exceptional emergency care.

“The physicians and leadership of Children’s Emergency Services are very proud of our nursing colleagues who truly deserve this award for the passion they bring to patient and family-centered care,” says Marie Lozon, M.D., director of pediatric emergency medicine at Mott. “Imagine your child is ill or injured; you want the compassionate and skilled hands of our nursing staff taking care of your loved one, along with our other wonderful team members, paramedics, social workers and Child Life Specialists.”

All EDs 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.

The Lantern Award recognition is valid for three years. The emergency team will receive the award at the 2014 ENA Annual Conference in Indianapolis this October. The 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.