C62 Inpatient Unit, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital


Clinical Staff from C62 (Left to Right): Eileen Ferrell, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Katie Kohman, Amina Conteh, Kelsey Walden, Christina Lammey, Maureen Varty, Traci Schultz, Angelie Sarzuelo, Joe Burroughs, Ted Aronson, Vickie Sondgerath, Annie Varghese, Zenab Boiro Sokee Yumping, Sharon Azarcon-Smith, Pilar Gormley, Mimi Haskins, President of MSNCB, Cindy Minetree, Sharon Astheimer, Syra Tumlos, Courtney Oliver, Anthony Micu.

C62 Inpatient Unit, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, is the first unit in Washington, DC, to earn the AMSN PRISM Award® an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s C62 inpatient medical/surgical unit recently became the first hospital in the District of Columbia and the 22nd in the United States to receive the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award.

Co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB), the PRISM Award stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg.”

MSNCB President Mimi Haskins, DNP, RN, CNS, CMSRN, presented the staff of the C62 Unit with their award during a special celebration on May 24, 2017 at the hospital.

“C62 embodies what the PRISM Award stands for: Strong leadership in collaborative governance, effective nurse training and professional empowerment,” Haskins told the crowd. “After our peer reviewers from around the country conducted their assessment of your unit, their remarks were great and I’m proud to say you got straight A’s! They were particularly impressed with your injury prevention strategies, your excellent recruitment and retention practices, as well as your robust use of data and strong professional collaboration in assuring high quality care.”

According to AMSN, there are more than 600,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, making them the single largest group of specialty nurses working in hospital settings. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, which inspired the acronym “PRISM” to be chosen as the name for the award.

"C62 embodies what the PRISM Award stands for: Strong leadership in collaborative governance, effective nurse training and professional empowerment,” Haskins told the crowd. “After our peer reviewers from around the country conducted their assessment of your unit, their remarks were great and I’m proud to say you got straight A’s!"

“It’s a great honor and privilege for me to be here with our nurses from C62 as they receive the PRISM Award,” said MedStar Georgetown’s Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Ferrell, MS, BSN, RN. “To put this in perspective, there are about 5,000 hospitals in the United States with many, many more med/surg units. To be one of only 22 recognized with this award is quite remarkable. I believe that the work C62 does on a daily basis is just extraordinary. This team, led by Cindy Minetree, exudes excellence, compassion and professionalism as they care for a very diverse and complicated patient population. Congratulations to the entire team on C62!”

Haskins told those gathered for the ceremony that being an exceptional nurse takes a high level of professional dedication to one’s individual practice, but achieving and sustaining outstanding patient outcomes and high staff satisfaction takes committed professionals who work as a team.

Haskins points were echoed by C62 Clinical Manager Cynthia Minetree, MSN, RN, NE-BC.

“As a team on C62, we are a premier unit and it is an honor to a part of this group that is so committed to our patients and co-workers,” Minetree said as she accepted the award for the unit. “We have the honor of being supported by so many other great teams throughout our organization as we take care of our patients and strengthen our staff satisfaction. While we always strive to do better for our patients, families and each other, this award will inspire us even more to continue improving patient outcomes and our overall professional practice.”


About the AMSN PRISM Award
Hoping to inspire nurses to strive for the highest levels of patient safety and quality, AMSN and MSNCB launched the award in October 2012. PRISM also reflects the compassion, commitment, and connection that characterize med-surg nurses.

The award celebrates units that exhibit:

  • Effective leadership
  • Recruitment and retention of competent staff members
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Positive patient outcomes
  • A healthy work environment
  • Lifelong learning of unit staff members

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award.


About AMSN and MSNCB
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to medical-surgical nursing practice. Its mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing. The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) is a professional organization whose  mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

About MedStar Georgetown
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.

Photos from the Award Ceremony


Photo 1: Hospital and Nursing Leadership (Left to right) Michael Sachtleben, President, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Senior Vice President, MedStar Health, Eileen Ferrell, MS, BSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer,  Mimi Haskins DNP, RN, CNS, CMSRN, President of MSNCB, Cindy Minetree, MSN, RN, NE-BE, Clinical Nurse Manager, Courtney Oliver, MS, RN, AG-ACNP, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, SCRN, Clinical Educator.


Photo 2: Clinical Staff from C62 (Left to Right): Eileen Ferrell, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Katie Kohman, Amina Conteh, Kelsey Walden, Christina Lammey, Maureen Varty, Traci Schultz, Angelie Sarzuelo, Joe Burroughs, Ted Aronson, Vickie Sondgerath, Annie Varghese, Zenab Boiro Sokee Yumping, Sharon Azarcon-Smith, Pilar Gormley, Mimi Haskins, President of MSNCB, Cindy Minetree, Sharon Astheimer, Syra Tumlos, Courtney Oliver, Anthony Micu.


Photo 3: Cynthia Minetree, MSN, RN, NE-BE, Clinical Nurse Manager, and Maureen Varty, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse who spread headed the application accept the PRISM Award on behalf of C62 from Mimi Haskins, DNP, RN, CNS, CMSRN, President of MSNCB.