Sibley’s Emergency Department wins national nursing award

Sibley Memorial Hospital is located at 5255 Loughboro Road NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2016)

Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department has won the 2017 Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association, according to a news release from the hospital.

The association says that its award underscores an emergency department’s commitment to quality, safety, presence of a healthy work environment, and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practices and innovation into exceptional emergency care. The designation is valid for three years, at which point an emergency department can re-apply.

Sibley, located at 5255 Loughboro Road NW in the Palisades, is one of just 22 hospitals nationwide to receive the award.

“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,” Joanne Miller, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Sibley, said in the news release.

The Sibley Emergency Department serves nearly 40,000 patients annually and has an overall patient satisfaction rating in the 97th percentile, according to the release.

The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is called the “Lady of the Lamp” for the nursing work she conducted by lamplight during the Crimean War.