The Lantern Award is presented to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
“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,” said Anne Pedersen, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.A.-B.C., director of nursing. “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 submitted 38 clinical stories written by more than 20 clinical staff members. “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,” said Pedersen.
UPMC Hamot’s emergency department, the largest in the Erie region, sees more than 80,000 patients annually. It includes a dedicated cardiac emergency room for diagnosing and treating heart attacks; a radiology suite, including a high-speed CT scanner to expedite diagnostic testing and allow for quicker treatment decisions; and an experienced emergency and trauma team of doctors, nurses, technicians, case managers and support staff.
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. The Lantern Award designation is valid for three years, after which time emergency departments may reapply.