Belton Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—is proud to announce it has received the Emergency Nurses Association’s 2018 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The ENA Lantern Award showcases Belton Regional Medical Center’s emergency department’s accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. The prestigious award also serves as a visible symbol of the hospital’s commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work environment. It 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.

“We’re excited to bestow 19 emergency departments with the Lantern Award this year,” says ENA President Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN. “The Lantern Award acts as a visible symbol to patients that the receiving emergency department values excellence and delivers exceptional care. It shines a light on that emergency department’s commitment to providing safe practice and safe care. Belton Regional Medical Center, and the other 18 emergency departments across the country, truly deserve this year’s award.”

"...a testament to our dedicated emergency department staff’s focus on delivering high-quality, compassionate care to patients and their families."
CEO Todd Krass

“Belton Regional Medical Center is humbled and honored to receive this coveted award, a testament to our dedicated emergency department staff’s focus on delivering high-quality, compassionate care to patients and their families,” says Belton Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Todd Krass. “As the community’s trusted healthcare provider, we live this mission every day, with every patient— ‘above all else, we’re committed to the care and improvement of human life.’”

“It is inspiring to work with such an extraordinary, passionate and compassionate group of professionals in our emergency department,” says Belton Regional Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Heather J. Palmer, MSN. “The authentic teamwork they display each and every day elevates the quality, safety and patient experience. The staff certainly exemplifies the philosophy and rich legacy of the Lantern Award.”

Belton Regional Medical Center’s Lantern Award will be on display in the emergency department. The hospital will be recognized at the Emergency Nurses Association’s annual conference—Emergency Nursing 2018—in September in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information on the recipients and award, visit the Emergency Nurses Association.

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