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Published on July 18, 2019

Emergency Department Recognized Nationally for Excellence

Emergency department is again recognized for excellence. 


The emergency department at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital will receive the prestigious Lantern Award. This marks the second consecutive time the department has received the international Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) honor.

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Lantern Award

The Lantern Award recognizes exceptional practice and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. The award honors an emergency department'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 emergency department staff’s focus on patient care led to this outstanding national recognition,” says Preston Hammock, interim president, Moses Cone Hospital and senior vice president, Cone Health. “The Lantern Award indicates that we are meeting national benchmarks for excellence in emergency department quality and care.” 

Moses Cone Hospital is one of 28 hospitals in the nation to receive Lantern Award recognition for emergency department excellence this year. Recipients will be recognized at ENA's Awards Gala on Oct. 1 at the Emergency Nursing 2019 conference in Austin, Texas.

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.


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