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For release: September 18, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, amy.kilgore@akrongeneral.org
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681, kelly.wardsmith@akrongeneral.org

Akron General recognized by Emergency Nurses Association
2013 Lantern Award recognizes excellence in emergency care

Akron General Medical Center’s emergency department has been awarded the prestigious Lantern Award by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The award recognizes nine emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. ENA is a global membership organization of more than 40,000 emergency nurses.

The Lantern Award designation recognizes an emergency department’s commitment to quality, safety, a healthy work environment, and innovation in nursing practice and emergency care. Emergency departments that receive the Lantern Award designation exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care, including strong leadership, practice credibility, and workplace recognition. To qualify for the Lantern Award, an emergency department applicant must complete a comprehensive application that includes performance metrics, narratives, and exemplar responses. Each application is evaluated through a blinded process by a team of reviewers.

“We are very proud of our emergency department staff,” says Beverly Bokovitz, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Sr. Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Akron General. “It is a great honor to be chosen out of 35 applicants to receive this award. It is a reflection of the dedication of our entire team toward improving the health and lives of our patients and community.”

“Each Lantern Award hospital shares the same commitment to facilitating excellence in emergency nursing practice, which has been demonstrated through the exemplary care provided in their emergency departments,” said 2013 ENA President, JoAnn Lazarus, MSN, RN, CEN. “The Lantern Awards are part of the Emergency Nurses Association’s effort to promote nursing excellence and to recognize hospitals whose emergency departments demonstrate exceptional performance, providing the highest quality care to patients. This year, only nine emergency department applicants met the criteria for Lantern Award designation. They can be very proud of this prestigious designation.”

The award will be presented at the ENA Annual Awards Gala on September 21 in Nashville, TN.

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.

About the Emergency Nurses Association
ENA, which has more than 40,000 members worldwide, is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA develops and disseminates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and public entities regarding emergency nurses and their practice. Additional information is available at ENA's Web site, www.ena.org.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit www.akrongeneral.org.



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