Monmouth Medical Center emergency department team honored with national ‘Lantern’ excellence award

Monmouth Medical Center is one of 34 U.S. hospitals honored by the Emergency Nurses Association with its Lantern Award, which recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The award recipients were announced publicly July 13 and will be recognized at the Hall of Honor awards ceremony Oct. 2 in Denver.

The ENA Lantern Award application focuses on innovative practices and noteworthy attributes of the emergency department, collaborative approaches to delivering optimal care for patients, performance and outcome metrics, characteristics of the nursing team and facility and emergency department demographics. It distinguishes an emergency department’s commitment to quality, safety and presence of a healthy work environment.

“This award is such a testament to you and your team — to be able to achieve this award during one of the most challenging times in health care, you should be so proud,” ENA President Jennifer Schmitz said in announcing MMC’s award. “To be able to keep your team engaged and on track despite the challenges of the pandemic is so remarkable.”

In 2021, the MMC emergency department received the Crisis Response Team Award from the New Jersey chapter of the ENA in recognition of the department’s significant contributions and response to the challenges of the public health crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Recognition with the Lantern Award is such a great reward for our team,” Sharmine Brassington, administrative director of emergency services stated. “They are a focused and dedicated team; especially with COVID-19, they exemplify altruism, resiliency and endurance  — showing up to work every day to provide culturally competent and congruent care to our patients.”