3Tower, Carolinas Medical Center

3Tower, Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, NC
(Back row, from left): Spencer Lilly, senior vice president and president, Carolinas HealthCare System Central Division; Chan Roush, vice president, Carolinas HealthCare System Central Division Operations; and Matthew Hanley, MD, chief medical officer of Carolinas Medical Center. (Front row, from left): Emily Cornelius, BSN, RN, NE-BC, nurse manager, Carolinas Medical Center; Grace Sotomayor, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nurse executive of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Central Division; Barbee Whisnant-Burgess, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, assistant vice president of System Nursing; and Mary Ann Wilcox, MS, RNC, NEA-BC, senior vice president and System chief nurse executive, Carolinas HealthCare System.

3Tower, Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, NC, 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.

"We are honored to be recognized with this award, a reflection of the competency, compassion, commitment and dedication to excellent patient care that characterize our nurses,” said Grace Sotomayor, DNP,MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, ..."

Gloria Hurst, RN, BSN, CMSRN, and Kristi Reguin-Hartman, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, represented AMSN and MSNCB, and presented 3Tower with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony on June 9, 2014, at the hospital.

“We are honored to be recognized with this award, a reflection of the competency, compassion, commitment and dedication to excellent patient care that characterize our nurses,” said Grace Sotomayor, DNP,MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nurse executive of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Central Division, which includes Carolinas Medical Center. “Their achievements in the arena of senior care, palliative care, patient safety and reduction of hospital acquired conditions are among the best in the nation.”

In July 2013, Carolinas Medical Center earned the prestigious Magnet® designation , achieving one of the highest levels of national recognition for professional nursing services and superiority in patient care. Only 401 medical centers worldwide, and only 23 medical facilities in North Carolina, currently have Magnet designation.

The unit’s award will 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.


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.

Photos from the Award Ceremony


(Back row, from left): Grace Sotomayor, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nurse executive of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Central Division; John Schooley, MHA-MBA, RN, Assistant Vice President, Quality Management, NEA-BC; Barbee Whisnant-Burgess, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, assistant vice president of System Nursing. Veronica Rankin, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNL; and Tina Ralyea, DNP, MSN-NP, MBA, NE-BC. (Front row, from left): Heidi Chappell, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CHPN; Emily Cornelius, BSN, RN, NE-BC, nurse manger; Tammy Lee, MSN, RN, CNL; Kasia Qutermous, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CMSRN; and Katrina Lindsay, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNL.


Several staff members from 3Tower along with AMSN representatives around our PRISM Award.


Starting from the Left-Cynthia Varterasian, LCSW; Emily Burton, RN, BSN; Shannon Jackson (middle) MSW; Suzanne Smith, RN, CPHN, ACM and Ann Marie Wells, RN, CCBF (Clinical Case Management and Social Workers around PRISM Award).


Starting from the left-Heidi Chappell, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CHPN;  Veronica Rankin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CMSRN;  Kasia Qutermous, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CMSRN and Katrina Lindsay, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNL (The Clinical Nurse Leaders of 3Tower).
 


Heather Rankin, RN, BSN; Patrick Dortilus, RN, BSN and Katherine Whitton, RN, BSN, CMSRN.


Starting from the left-Felicia Warren, NA I; Patrick Dortilus, RN, BSN and Krista Leeper, NA I, HCT (A couple of our Nursing Assistants around the PRISM Award).


Starting from left-Lynn Kimsey RN and Patrick Dortilus RN, BSN (Patrick showing our Magnet champion Lynn the PRISM Award).


Starting from left-Katrina Lindsay, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNL; Tasha Harmon, RN, BSN and Kasia Qutermous, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNL (around PRISM Award, Tasha is a night shift RN).


Kasia Qutermous, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNL and Heidi Chappell, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CHPN (holding AMSN PRISM application document).