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Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Nursing and Emergency Care

Hospital among nine emergency departments nationwide to receive Lantern Award

The Emergency Nurses Association has recognized Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital with a Lantern Award, honoring emergency departments nationwide for excellence in emergency care. As a 2013-2016 Lantern Award recipient, Richmond Community Hospital is among nine emergency departments in the United States selected for exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The Lantern Award designation recognizes an emergency department’s commitment to quality, safety, a healthy work environment and innovation in nursing practice and emergency care. Emergency departments that receive the Lantern Award designation exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care, including strong leadership, practice credibility, and workplace recognition. To qualify for the Lantern Award, an emergency department applicant must complete a comprehensive application that includes performance metrics, narratives, and exemplar responses. Each application is evaluated through a blinded process by a team of reviewers.

“Richmond Community Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to patients in Richmond’s East End, and it is an honor for our team of emergency department physicians, nurses and specialists to be nationally recognized,” said Michael Robinson, CEO, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

Located in Richmond's historic Church Hill neighborhood, Richmond Community Hospital has served the needs of residents in Richmond’s East End since 1907. The 104-bed hospital is a premier provider of emergency-room services including a No Wait Emergency Care Policy, where patients can be seen by a provider in five minutes of less.

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. Complete information on the Lantern Award program, including 2013-2016 recipients and applications, can be found here.

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