3 North Cardio-Pulmonary Unit, Virtua Marlton Hospital, Marlton, NJ

3 North Cardio-Pulmonary Unit, Virtua Marlton Hospitial, Marlton, NJ
Virtua Marlton’s 3 North Cardiopulmonary Unit team celebrates their AMSN PRISM Award.

The 3 North Cardiopulmonary Unit at Virtua Marlton, Marlton, NJ, 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 medical-surgical 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/medical-surgical units or adult/pediatric units classified as medical-surgical.

“This award centers not only on nursing care but also care within the entire unit, including evidence-base care, the leadership of the unit, and exemplary practice,” said Richard P. Miller, President and CEO of Virtua. “It is a validation of the overall consistency of Virtua’s commitment to excellence.”

“This award centers not only on nursing care but also care within the entire unit, including evidence-base care, the leadership of the unit, and exemplary practice,” said Richard P. Miller, President and CEO of Virtua. “It is a validation of the overall consistency of Virtua’s commitment to excellence.”

Representing AMSN and MSNCB at the ceremony was Margaret Cunningham, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, Member, AMSN PRISM Award Committee. Margaret presented the 3 North Cardio Unit with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony October 18, 2016, at Virtua Marlton. The achievement of this award will also be announced at the AMSN Annual Convention, on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites and social media sites, and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

“The 3 North Cardiopulmonary Unit has become a benchmark of exemplary practice,” said John Matsinger, DO, MBA, EVP and Chief Clinical Officer at Virtua. “This award clearly demonstrates the pride that the team has in their profession as well as their patients and their families.”

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 medical-surgical 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. Medical-surgical nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

The 3 North Cardiopulmonary Unit at Virtua Marlton is only the 14th unit in the nation and the third unit in New Jersey to be recognized. It is Virtua’s second unit to receive this award. Earlier this year, the 4A Acute Pulmonary Care Unit at Virtua Voorhees also received the honor.

For more information about AMSN and the AMSN PRISM Award, visit amsn.org; email amsn-info@amsn.org, or call 866-877-AMSN.


About AMSN 
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN; 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; msncb.org ) is a professional organization whose  mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

About Virtua
As one of New Jersey’s largest, nonprofit health systems, Virtua provides comprehensive health care services to achieve its mission to help people be well, get well and stay well. Virtua provides services through Virtua Medical Group with 302 physicians and other clinicians, and at its urgent care centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health and wellness centers, fitness centers, home health services, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and paramedic program. For more information, visit virtua.org or virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.

Photos and Video from the Award Ceremony

Pictured left to right are Lisa Ferraro, VP of Patient Care Services at Virtua; Anthony Flaherty, Nurse Director of Virtua Marlton 3 North Unit; Richard P. Miller, President and CEO of Virtua; and Tracy Carlino, SVP and Chief Nursing Officer at Virtua.

Virtua Marlton’s 3 North Cardiopulmonary Unit team celebrates their AMSN PRISM Award.