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GMC Emergency Department nurses recognized for excellence

CONTACT: Robin Adams: 271-6968
Aug. 15, 2011

DANVILLE, Pa. – The Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) Emergency Department was recently named one of 20 institutions nationwide to receive the first annual Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award.

Emergency departments earn this designation by exemplifying exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

“We are thrilled to receive this award and have our Emergency Department staff recognized for the outstanding work they do,” said Susan Hallick, R.N., B.S.N., MHA, NEA-BC, executive vice president, chief nursing officer, Geisinger Health System. “Our talented team of nurses is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care, and are deserving of this recognition.”

The 20 emergency departments recognized by ENA were evaluated on an array of performance and outcome measures, as well as noteworthy practices and attributes of the emergency department that are tied to a commitment to excellence and innovation.

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

ENA is professional nurses association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of more than 39,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention and patient education.

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