Medical City ER Flower Mound (formally Flower Mound Emergency Center), a department of Medical City Lewisville, has been recognized for its commitment to exceptional patient care as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award. The award recognizes a select group of emergency departments (EDs) that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
All emergency departments are eligible to apply for the Lantern Award, but those selected must meet the highest excellence standards. Medical City ER Flower Mound is one of only 11 hospital EDs nationwide to receive the Lantern Award this year.
“This award reflects our continued commitment to provide compassionate, quality service to our community and the entire Denton County area,” said Brandy Farrer, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer for Medical City Lewisville. “Our goal is to deliver excellent family-centered care while striving to positively impact the way patients and families experience emergency healthcare services.”
Emergency department patients and their families seek quick access, meaningful interactions with the health care team and a coordinated plan. The Lantern Award is a visible symbol of an ED’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. Successful applications demonstrate a variety of diverse initiatives throughout the application with quantifiable outcomes, sustained improvements and innovative processes. A team of reviewers thoroughly evaluate the submissions through a blinded review process.
Medical City ER Flower Mound is a provider-based emergency department featuring 12 beds, including two pediatric-themed rooms, a trauma/code room, two negative pressure rooms, a laboratory, and onsite imaging.
The emergency department opened in the fall of 2009 and provides emergency services for both ambulance and walk-in patients 24 hours a day. Medical City ER Flower Mound was the first provider-based emergency facility of its kind in Dallas/Fort Worth.
As part of a Magnet-designated hospital committed to compassion, care and constant improvement, Medical City ER Flower Mound was the first and only Texas facility to receive the inaugural Lantern Award in 2011. It is one of only 13 hospitals nationwide to have received the award twice.
The Lantern Award recognition is valid for three years. The emergency team will receive the award at Emergency Nursing 2016 in Los Angeles this September.
The Lantern Award 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.