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Friday, September 30, 2011 - The SJH Elmer Hospital Emergency Department Receives National

Vineland, NJ (September 29) – The Emergency Nurses Association today announced that South Jersey Healthcare Elmer Hospital was one of 20 recipients of the first annual Lantern Awards. The Lantern Award is given to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
The 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. By achieving the Lantern Award recognition, emergency departments demonstrate to their peers that they exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care including strong leadership, practice credibility and workplace recognition.

“The Lantern award signifies that the SJH Elmer Hospital emergency department has demonstrated commitment to quality care for our community,” said Janet Davies, MSN, RN, APN, CCNS, vice president of patient care services at SJH Elmer Hospital.

“The nursing staff accomplished this by incorporating evidence based practice guidelines, and innovation into their own practice.  They also have a work environment that encourages professional growth through national certification and continuing education,” added Davies.

The 20 emergency departments recognized by ENA were evaluated on a wide variety of performance and outcome metrics, as well as qualitative questions about noteworthy practices and attributes of the emergency department focusing on their commitment to excellence and innovation.

The Lantern Award name was selected by a survey of ENA members and is reminiscent of Florence Nightingale who is credited with changing nursing from a mostly untrained job to a skilled medical profession. She is sometimes referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” for her actions during the Crimean War when she would work deep into the night checking on wounded British soldiers as they slept.

For more information about the Lantern Award, please contact Anthony Phipps at
About the Emergency Nurses Association: ENA is the only professional nurses association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of more than 39,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention and patient education. Additional information is available at ENA’s Web site
SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.