Main 7 Southwest Med-Surg Unit, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX

University of Kansas Transplant Unit Receives First AMSN PRISM Award™ for Exemplary Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice
Dr. Marc Boom, Houston Methodist president and CEO, and Susan Teer, director of Main 7SW (both standing, far left), join physicians and staff to celebrate the PRISM Award.

The Main 7 Southwest (7SW) Unit at Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

The award, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,” is the first of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the United States. It is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). The award is given to outstanding acute care/med-surg units or adult/pediatric units classified as med-surg.

Representing both AMSN and MSNCB, AMSN Board Member Michele George, MBA, BSN, RN, presented Main 7SW with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony at the hospital on February 16, 2015. Also attending were Houston Methodist executives, nursing leadership, and staff.

The award will also be announced at the 2015 AMSN Annual Convention in Las Vegas, September 24-27; on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites and social media sites; and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

"We are truly honored to receive this prestigious award from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses on behalf of Main 7 Southwest and Houston Methodist Hospital,” said Susan Teer, the unit’s director.

PRISM reviewers praised the unit’s staff for outstanding services and patient outcomes. In fact, Main 7SW scored the highest of all applications that have been reviewed for a PRISM Award to date.

“We are truly honored to receive this prestigious award from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses on behalf of Main 7 Southwest and Houston Methodist Hospital,” said Susan Teer, the unit’s director. “This was the culmination of a 2-year effort to collect the sources of evidence for the six criterion, compose, and submit our application. To receive the highest score and be the first unit awarded in Texas makes it even more special. We would like to dedicate this award to the patients and families who are at the center of everything we do. They give us the opportunity to do our best and make a difference every day.”

In their application, the unit described how they serve a diverse population with the goal of providing a personalized healing pathway for each and every patient. Methods include an assigned RN who collaborates with the facility’s inter-professional team to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Unit staff also takes into account their patients’ cultural, spiritual, and religious needs and provides tailored services that include round-the-clock language interpreters.

AMSN and MSNCB join hospital leaders, administrators, and patients in congratulating the nurses of Main 7SW for their achievement.


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. The award also reflects the compassion, commitment, and connection that characterize med-surg nurses.

Specifically, 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

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, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award.