Swedish Medical Center
July 09, 2018

Swedish Medical Center Earns Emergency Nurses Association 2018 Lantern Award

 Swedish Medical Center is proud to announce it has received the Emergency Nurses Association’s 2018 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. Swedish is one of 19 hospitals nationwide to receive this prestigious award.

“It is an incredible accomplishment to be recognized for this coveted award and it reflects our emergency department’s commitment to emergency nursing excellence and the very highest level of patient care,” said Ryan Thornton, Chief Nursing Officer at Swedish Medical Center.

“We’re excited to bestow 19 emergency departments with the Lantern Award this year,” said ENA President Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN. “The Lantern Award acts as a visible symbol to patients that the receiving emergency department values excellence and delivers exceptional care. It shines a light on that emergency department’s commitment to providing safe practice and safe care. These departments truly deserve this year’s award.”

Swedish Medical Center is a level 1 trauma center located in the south Denver metro area. Last year, the 44 bed emergency department had over 57,000 visits with more than 6,900 of these being pediatric patient visits and 1,700 designated as a level 1 trauma requiring the highest level of emergency care.

The Swedish emergency department has previously been the recipient of coveted awards. In 2016, Swedish made national headlines through the trial of a protocol to reduce the administration of opioids to patients in the emergency department. The new strategy involved development of a new pain treatment program that used ‘alternatives to opioids’ or ALTO therapies. Efforts from the program significantly reduced opioid administration providing the basis for an ongoing, statewide multi-center trial. The movement has seen the creation of new state opioid guidelines, remarkable reductions in opioid usage and a revolutionary shift in Colorado’s approach to pain management. Other accomplishments of the emergency department include encouragement in ongoing emergency staff development, implementation of successful fall prevention measures, and advocacy for patient care.

This is the second consecutive time Swedish has been selected as a Lantern Award recipient. The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who 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. The Lantern Award will be on display in the emergency department and Swedish will be recognized in upcoming ENA publications, on the ENA website and at the association’s annual conference.

To learn more about one of the leading trauma centers in Colorado visit www.SwedishHospital.com.

For more information on the recipients and award, visit the Emergency Nurses Association.

About Swedish

Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA’s HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.

Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology. Additional information about the hospital is available at www.SwedishHospital.com.

About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 43,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.