Unit 2 East, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®

Unit 2 East at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, in Roslyn, NY, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award™,  a new honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.
L-R: Tracy Cavanaugh RN, Kristen LaRosa RN, Shiba Smith RN, Ann Cella RN CNO, Kathy Gilligan-Steiner, RN AVP Nursing, Kristina Watts PCA, Tara Mautner RN.

Unit 2 East, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, in Roslyn, NY, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®,  a new honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

"To receive this prestigious award is yet another affirmation of the excellent quality of care our nurses provide to patients at St. Francis Hospital,” says Ann Cella, SVP Patient Care Services and CNO. “This latest honor follows several other coveted national recognitions including Magnet and three consecutive Beacon Awards for nursing excellence."

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.

MSNCB Secretary Pat Kurz, MPS, RN, CMSRN, represented AMSN and MSNCB, and presented Unit 2 East with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony on February 10, 2014, at the hospital.

The unit’s award will also be announced at the 2014 AMSN Annual Convention to be held in September in Orlando, FL; on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites and social media sites; and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

“To receive this prestigious award is yet another affirmation of the excellent quality of care our nurses provide to patients at St. Francis Hospital,” says Ann Cella, SVP Patient Care Services and CNO. “This latest honor follows several other coveted national recognitions including Magnet and three consecutive Beacon Awards for nursing excellence.”


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 practice 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.