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Sibley Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Wins Prestigious Lantern Award from Emergency Nurses Association - 08/04/2017

Sibley Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Wins Prestigious Lantern Award from Emergency Nurses Association

Release Date: August 4, 2017

Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) has won the coveted 2017 Lantern Award™ from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The award recognizes Emergency Departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The Lantern Award, often compared with the Nurse Magnet Award for hospitals, serves as a visible symbol to patients that the recipient’s Emergency Department values excellence and provides exceptional care. It underscores an Emergency Department’s commitment to quality, safety, presence of a healthy work environment, and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into exceptional emergency care, according to the Emergency Nurses Association.

“Every year, we acknowledge departments that meet rigorous standards in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research,” said ENA President Karen K. Wiley, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N. “The fact that 22 Emergency Departments have met these standards and more in 2017 speaks volumes about the outstanding work happening in Emergency Departments across the country.”

“Attainment of this highly coveted award is a testament to the commitment of our ED staff to fulfill Sibley's mission of delivering excellence and compassionate care—every person, every time,” says Joanne Miller, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Sibley Memorial Hospital. “The Lantern Award represents recognition that our ED team members live that mission every day.” 

Nearly 40,000 patients visit Sibley’s ED each year, and the ED boasts an overall patient satisfaction rating in the 97th percentile, putting Sibley in the top three percent of all EDs nationwide.

“It is an honor to work with such an amazing group of professionals in our ED,” says Jennifer Abele, M.D., FACEP, medical director and chair of Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “The teamwork and collegiality in our ED is palpable and naturally leads to better quality, safety and patient experience.”

The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is credited with transitioning 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. 

The Lantern Award designation is valid for three years. EDs can then reapply.

About the Sibley Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (ED)

Sibley Memorial Hospital’s expanded 23,000-square-foot ED opened in 2015 and offers 22 all-private rooms, including two large resuscitation rooms. It also features a mass decontamination unit that is one of the largest and most advanced in the city. The exterior decontamination showers can process up to 100 people per hour. A CT scanner provides expeditious diagnostics. The ED also features a Fast Track system with a 30-minute commitment, meaning patients wait no more than 30 minutes from the time they enter the ED door to the time they see a caregiver. Bethesda Magazine named Sibley’s ED Best of Bethesda 2014 “Top Vote-Getter” for Best Emergency Room and Press Ganey honored the ED with the 2013 Success Story Award and the 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award. Learn more at

About Sibley Memorial Hospital

Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, located in Northwest Washington, D.C., has a distinguished history of serving the community since its founding in 1890. As a not-for-profit, full-service, 386-bed community hospital, Sibley offers medical, surgical, intensive care, obstetric, oncology, orthopaedic and skilled nursing inpatient services and a state-of-the-art 24-hour Emergency Department. Sibley’s campus, with its new patient tower, is also home to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center; Grand Oaks, an assisted living residence; a medical building with physician offices; and ambulatory surgery and imaging centers. For more information, visit

About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association 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 42,000 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

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