Surgical Care Unit One, St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN

Surgical Care Unit One, St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN
AMSN President Jill Arzouman (holding plaque) celebrates with Surgical Care Unit One during the August 15 award ceremony.

The Surgical Care Unit One at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN, 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.

Officials representing AMSN and MSNCB presented Surgical Care Unit 1 with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony August 15 at the facility. The achievement of this award by Surgical Care Unit One will also be announced at the AMSN Annual Convention in September; on the AMSN and MSNCB websites and social media sites; and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

"We cannot provide the excellent care for our patients and their families that we do alone — it takes a strong team," said Mallory Mondloch, Core Charge Nurse on Surgical Care Unit 1.

“We truly value the recognition by AMSN. This award validates what we’ve already known for so long — that is we have amazing staff who hold themselves accountable to deliver high-quality care,” said Mallory Mondloch, Core Charge Nurse on Surgical Care Unit 1. “We cannot provide the excellent care for our patients and their families that we do alone — it takes a strong team.”

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, according to AMSN. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.


About AMSN and MSNCB

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN; www.amsn.org) 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; www.msncb.org) is a professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing. For more information about AMSN and the AMSN PRISM Award, visit amsn.org or contact the association at amsn-info@amsn.org  or 866-877-AMSN.

About St. Cloud Hospital

St. Cloud Hospital is part of CentraCare Health and a regional medical center for Central Minnesota. It is a certified level II Trauma Center and a level II and III certified Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Inpatient and outpatient services include surgery, cardiology, oncology and behavioral health programs. National recognition includes accolades from Thomson Reuters, American Nurses Credentialing Center, U.S. News & World Report, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and Gallup. Currently the hospital has nearly 5,000 employees and a medical staff of 450 physicians. For more information, visit centracare.com.

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award.

Photos from the Award Ceremony

Left to right: Beth Honkomp, MBA, MSN,RN, NEA-BC Director of Performance Excellence; Kris Nelson, BAN, RN, NE-BC, Department Director Surgical Care Units; Jill Arzouman, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, AMSN President; Dr. Mark Mathias, MD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs; Craig Broman, MHA, FACHE, President CentraCare Health / St. Cloud Hospital.

Left to right: Jill Arzouman, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, AMSN President; Kris Nelson, BAN, RN, NE-BC, Department Director Surgical Care Units; Joy Plamann, MBA, BSN, RN, Vice President-Operations, Acute Care Division/CNO.


These are members of Surgical Care Unit 1 staff after receiving the telephone news of being a PRISM award recipient!

Left to right: Jill Arzouman, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, AMSN President;  Mallory Mondloch RN, BSN, CMSRN; Carey LaMont, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Kris Nelson RN, BAN, NE-BC, Department Director Surgical Care Units; Melany Jungles RN, BSN, CMSRN; Kathy Morin RN, BSN, Surgical Care Unit Educator; Nova Schmitz RN, BSN, CMSRN, Nurse Clinician.


Left to right: Traci Berns, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Mallory Mondloch, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Mary Murphy, RN; Michelle Mohr, RN, CMSRN.

Alex Winkelman, PCA; Carol Rentz, RN; Jessie Johnson, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Kristi Tomporowski, BSN, RN, CMSRN.

Christa Pfannenstein, LSW; Kris Nelson, RN, NE-BC; Rebekah Mroz, BSN, RN; Marci Lindberg, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN; Jill Arzouman, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, AMSN President; Melany Jungles, BSN, RN, CMSRN.

During the reception following the award presentation.

Kim Shuster, BSN, RN, CWOCN; Sue Omann, MS, APRN, CWOCN; Andrew Schramel, BSN, CWOCN; (These are all Wound Ostomy continence nurses that work with our staff and patients).

Surgical Care Unit 1 staff.