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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Awarded Prestigious Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital June 26, 2014

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital has been named a 2014 recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award. The award recognizes a select group of emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is only one of 17 hospital EDs nationwide to receive the Lantern Award this year. The Lantern Award is a visible symbol of an emergency department’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care.

The Lantern Award recognition is valid for three years; Lake Forest Hospital also received the award in 2011. The emergency team will receive the award at the 2014 ENA Annual Conference in Indianapolis this October.

"The Lantern Award is recognition of the excellent care provided in our emergency department very day," said Denise Majeski, MSN, RN, ACM, BE-BC, vice president of operations and chief nurse executive for Lake Forest Hospital. "Being one of only 17 hospitals to receive the award, among thousands of hospitals nationwide, shows our commitment to providing the highest quality medical care to patients at this most critical time when they need care."

Lake Forest Hospital is a Level II Trauma Center staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians who are trained and equipped to stabilize patients who have undergone major trauma, or who are suffering from a heart attack, stroke or other health emergency. The state-of-the-art emergency department features a private triage station, private patient rooms and a children’s playroom.

In the area of pediatric emergency care, Lake Forest Hospital holds a distinguished pediatric certification—Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics—awarded by Emergency Medical Services for Children in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health. This certification means the hospital is able to provide superior emergency care to children in the form of preventative, acute and rehabilitative services.

All emergency departments 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 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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