Inova Loudoun Children’s ER Receives Lantern Award

The pediatric emergency room at Inova Loudoun Hospital has received the prestigious Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association.

The award is given in recognition of a highly select group of emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The Inova Children’s ER is one of 11 hospital ERs nationwide to receive the Lantern Award this year.

April Brown, director of Inova Loudoun’s emergency departments, said in a statement announcing the award: “Each member of our Children’s ER team is extremely dedicated to providing excellence. They are devoted to making a difference to each patient and family member they serve.” Calling the award very well deserved, Brown said, “They truly are an amazing medical team.”

Her remarks were echoed by nurse manager of the Children’s ER Gina Harrison, who stated the award “validates the excellent care we are providing.”

The Children’s ER opened in 2006, and treats about 20,000 patients annually. It is the only ER in Loudoun dedicated to caring for children.

The award will be presented in Los Angeles, in September.

The Lantern Award is named for the 19th century British nursing reformer Florence Nightingale, who is referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” for her nursing actions and skills during the Crimean War, renowned for her nighttime tending to the sick and wounded British soldiers, carrying a lantern.

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