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Carolinas HealthCare System Hospital is Recipient of Prestigious National Medical-Surgical Nursing Award
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06/11/2014
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Carolinas Medical Center Medical-Surgical Unit Receives AMSN PRISM Award™ for Exemplary Practice

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 10, 2014 – The 3Tower medical-surgical unit at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), a facility of Carolinas HealthCare System, was awarded the AMSN PRISM AwardTM for exceptional nursing practice, leadership and outcomes in medical-surgical (med-surg) units.

(Back row, from left): Spencer Lilly, senior vice president and president, Carolinas HealthCare System Central Division; Chan Roush, vice president, Carolinas HealthCare System Central Division Operations; and Matthew Hanley, MD, chief medical officer of Carolinas Medical Center.

(Front row, from left): Emily Cornelius, BSN, RN, NE-BC, nurse manager, Carolinas Medical Center; Grace Sotomayor, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nurse executive of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Central Division; Barbee Whisnant-Burgess, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, assistant vice president of System Nursing; and Mary Ann Wilcox, MS, RNC, NEA-BC, senior vice president and System chief nurse executive, Carolinas HealthCare System.

Only five hospital units in the country have received the designation since it launched in October 2012, and CMC is the only hospital in North Carolina awarded to date – the other units are located in hospitals in Roslyn, N.Y., Middletown, Conn., and Kansas City, Kan.

The award, Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Med-Surg (PRISM), recognizes units whose staff members demonstrate effective leadership, recruitment and retention, evidence-based practice, positive patient outcomes, a healthy work environment and lifelong learning. CMC’s 3Tower unit has demonstrated strong quality and patient safety outcomes over the past two years, including a 37.34 percent reduction in falls between 2011 and 2013 and a zero rate of central line associated bloodstream infections, and hospital and unit acquired pressure ulcers in 2013. It also ranked in the 93.5 percentile for patient satisfaction in “likelihood to recommend” in 2013 and saw an 11 percent reduction in turnover rates of registered nurses from 2011-2013.

(Back row, from left): Grace Sotomayor, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nurse executive of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Central Division; John Schooley, MHA-MBA, RN, Assistant Vice President, Quality Management, NEA-BC; Barbee Whisnant-Burgess, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, assistant vice president of System Nursing. Veronica Rankin, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNL; and Tina Ralyea, DNP, MSN-NP, MBA, NE-BC.

(Front row, from left): Heidi Chappell, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CHPN; Emily Cornelius, BSN, RN, NE-BC, nurse manger; Tammy Lee, MSN, RN, CNL; Kasia Qutermous, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CMSRN; and Katrina Lindsay, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNL.

“We are honored to be recognized with this award, a reflection of the competency, compassion, commitment and dedication to excellent patient care that characterize our nurses,” said Grace Sotomayor, DNP,MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nurse executive of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Central Division, which includes CMC. “Their achievements in the arena of senior care, palliative care, patient safety and reduction of hospital acquired conditions are among the best in the nation.”

Officials representing the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) presented the 36-bed 3Tower unit with a plaque during a ceremony at CMC, the Charlotte region’s largest hospital and only Level I Trauma Center. PRISM is the only award in the United States that honors med-surg nursing units, which include acute care and adult/pediatric units.

In July 2013, CMC earned the prestigious Magnet® designation, achieving one of the highest levels of national recognition for professional nursing services and superiority in patient care. Only 401 medical centers worldwide, and only 23 medical facilities in North Carolina, currently have Magnet designation.

“Across the System, our 15,000 nurses continually meet high levels of patient safety and quality, making this award an affirmation of our successes delivering optimal patient outcomes and exceptional care,” said Mary Ann Wilcox, MS, RNC, NEA-BC, senior vice president and System nurse executive. “We are honored to know our care teams are helping set examples for med-surg nursing units across the nation.”

There are more than 600,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, making them the single largest group of specialty nurses working in hospital settings, according to AMSN. Med-surg nurses maintain a broad base of knowledge caring for patients with acute conditions as well as chronic illness.

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