Two Lee County hospitals awarded for emergency care
Southwest Florida patients in need of emergency care can rest easy knowing that two Lee Health emergency departments have been recognized among the nation’s elite in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
The emergency departments at the Cape Coral Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida have each earned the prestigious Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award.
“We are beyond honored to be recognized by the Emergency Nurses Association for the high level of care we provide to our patients in our emergency departments,” Scott Kashman, chief officer of hospital operations at Lee Health, said. “Often, ED patients are among the most vulnerable in our community, and we strive to provide every patient with a safe and compassionate experience when they come through our doors. This award is a testament to our incredible doctors, nurses and staff who create a caring environment for our patients.”
With the Lantern Award, the ENA recognizes the best emergency departments in the United States across several core areas. Nationally, 28 emergency departments received the award this year, bringing the total to 69 Lantern-designated EDs in the United States. The Cape and Golisano hospitals are the only recipients in Southwest Florida, and two of six to receive the designation in the state.
“The emergency department is a critical component of the health care delivery system and the care provided by the emergency team is often life-altering for patients and their loved ones. At Golisano Children’s we take this responsibility very seriously and our team of nurses, physicians and ancillary staff are absolutely committed to the patients and families we serve. This is why we’re proud to be among the national leaders for excellence in emergency care,” Armando Llechu, chief administrative officer of Golisano Children’s Services, said.
The ENA Lantern Award designation remains with the departments for a three-year period, after which they are eligible to apply again. For more information, visit www.ena.org/about/awards-recognition/lantern/lanter-award-recipients.