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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

National spotlight shines recognition on Franciscan St. Francis ER

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Indianapolis emergency department has been named a 2014 recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award.

The award recognizes a select group of emergency departments demonstrating exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
Franciscan St. Francis is one of only 17 hospital EDs nationwide to receive the Lantern Award this year.

“While we have appreciated the wonderful work our ED does, it is particularly gratifying to have that validated by the ENA,” said Susan McRoberts, MSN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer.

In recent years, the hospital established what is called NowER, one of the most streamlined processes in the country, which significantly reduces wait time to be seen by a medical provider in the emergency room.

All EDs 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 recognition is valid for three years. The emergency team will receive the award at the 2014 ENA Annual Conference in Indianapolis this October.