2 East Medical-Surgical Unit at Inspira Medical Center Elmer, Elmer, NJ


Kay Fogg, nurse manager of Inspira Medical Center Elmer’s Medical-Surgical Unit (left of center), and John DiAngelo, president and CEO of Inspira Health Network, receive the AMSN PRISM Award from AMSN CEO Cynthia Hnatiuk (right of center). They are joined by Sharon Slavic, administrative director of Surgical Services (fourth from left, front row); Elizabeth Sheridan, COO of Inspira Medical Center Elmer and Vineland (fifth from right, front row); Janet Davies, VP of Patient Care Services at Inspira Medical Center Elmer and Vineland ((fourth from right, front row); 2 East Medical-Surgical Unit staff; and AMSN/MSNCB staff. Photo credit: Craig Terry.

The 2 East Medical-Surgical Unit at Inspira Medical Center Elmer, Elmer, NJ, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in medical-surgical units.

The Inspira unit is the first in New Jersey to receive the AMSN PRISM Award, which was presented at a January 4 ceremony at the hospital.

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 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.

"We are honored to be the first in the state and one of only 10 hospitals in the nation to have received the PRISM Award,” said Elizabeth Sheridan, RN, MA, chief operating officer of Inspira Medical Center Elmer and Vineland. “The nurses and staff at Inspira Medical Center Elmer continue to distinguish our community hospital as an exceptional place to receive care."

"We are honored to be the first in the state and one of only 10 hospitals in the nation to have received the PRISM Award,” said Elizabeth Sheridan, RN, MA, chief operating officer of Inspira Medical Center Elmer and Vineland. “The nurses and staff at Inspira Medical Center Elmer continue to distinguish our community hospital as an exceptional place to receive care."

Representing both AMSN and MSNCB, AMSN CEO Cynthia Hnatiuk, presented the staff of 2 East with the PRISM plaque during the ceremony. They were joined by Inspira executives and nursing leadership.

“In their application, Unit 2 East described how interdisciplinary collaboration on their unit helps ensure patients receive the highest quality care,” Hnatiuk said. “The unit also encourages patients to participate in decisions about their health so they feel engaged and empowered.”

Hnatiuk’s praise was reflected in summary points by AMSN PRISM Award reviewers who cited 2 East and Inspira for strong programs, robust communication, effective leadership and an emphasis on research and evidence-based practice. The reviewers were also impressed by the unit’s strong foundation of mutual respect between physicians and RNs, interdisciplinary collaboration, and teamwork.

“AMSN and MSNCB join hospital leaders, administrators, and patients in congratulating the nurses of 2 East for their achievement,” Hnatiuk said.

Unit 2 East’s award will be announced at the 2016 AMSN Convention in Washington, DC, September 29-October 2, 2016; on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites and social media sites; and in both organizations’ publications.


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.


For more information about AMSN and MSNCB, visit their websites at www.amsn.org and www.msncb.org.

For more information about Inspira Health Network, visit www.InspiraHealthNetwork.org. View the Inspira AMSN PRISM Award press release.

Video and Photos from the Award Ceremony


View the video from the ceremony.


Unit 2 East nurses (from left), Molly Lattimar, Unit Sec.; Ashley Garton, RN; Carrie Rosenberger, RN; Sheetal Stewart, RN; Kevin Bass, Transporter; Susan Caltabiano, RN; Noreen Calhoun, RN; Christina Ford, RN, ANM; Clara Jean Hawthorne, LPN Unit Coordinator; Antonio Mazzeo, RN; and Kay Fogg, Nurse Manager.


Elizabeth (Betty) Sheridan, COO of Inspira Medical Center Elmer and Vineland.


At the AMSN PRISM Award presentation.