4A Acute Pulmonary Care Unit, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees, NJ

4A Acute Pulmonary Care Unit, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees, NJ
The Virtua Voorhees 4A Acute Pulmonary Care Unit receives the AMSN PRISM Award for exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes.

With banners gracing the grounds and lobbies of Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, NJ, it was obvious the facility was rolling out the red carpet to honor one of its nursing units for receiving the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®.

“You’re all superstars,” the hospital’s President and CEO Rich Miller told the nurses of 4A Acute Pulmonary Care Unit during a January 27 awards ceremony. “To get this kind of award and be recognized by your peers is incredible.”

Miller’s remarks were greeted with applause and shouts of praise for the unit by the nurses’ coworkers, managers, and hospital leaders.

The nurses deserved the accolades. Their unit is only the 11th in the country to meet the rigorous criteria of the PRISM Award, an honor recognizing top-tier medical-surgical units in the U.S. that have achieved exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes.

“PRISM stands for ‘Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,’” AMSN/MSNCB CEO Cynthia Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, explained to the crowd. “It’s not easy to meet the criteria, and you did.”

“PRISM stands for ‘Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,’ It’s not easy to meet the criteria, and you did.”

~Cynthia Hnatiuk, AMSN/MSNCB CEO

Both AMSN and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) sponsor the award. Hnatiuk said it is given to med-surg units that provide exemplary patient care and have achieved outstanding practice environments. The unit was chosen, she added, because it “demonstrates what the AMSN PRISM Award is all about.”

“Your relationship-based care model is about outstanding teamwork, communication and continuing education,” she said. “The reviewers were also impressed by the leadership, patient outcomes, and healthy practice environment achieved by your unit.”

After her address, Hnatiuk presented the PRISM plaque to the nurses and unit leaders, and several Virtua administrators stepped in to further praise the nurses.

“There’s not a silo on this unit,” said 4A Nursing Director Denise Redmond, MSN, RN, CMSRN. “This isn’t a nursing award. It’s a nursing team award.”

Virtua’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Carlino, RN, BSN, MA, NEA-BC, echoed Redmond’s sentiments.

“This is a new team that came together 3 years ago, and when you did, you hit the ground running,” she said. “It’s a shared governance. It’s about the staff working with leadership to make it happen. I could not be prouder!”

Unit 4A’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, which is the first of its kind, 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.

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


About Virtua
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.

Video and Photos from the Award Ceremony


Virtua receives the AMSN PRISM Award. From left: Patricia Bowen, DNP, RN, NE-BC, MBA, Virtua Assistant Vice President, Patient Care; Richard Miller, Virtua President and CEO; Gayle DiPretoro, MSN, RN, ANC, Advanced Nurse Clinician for 4A; Cynthia Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, AMSN CEO; Puikee Gonzalez, BSN, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager; Tracy Carlino, RN, BSN, MA, NEA-BC, Virtua Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.


Virtua President and CEO Richard Miller and Tracy Carlino, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (center), stand with members of the 4A team.


Nurse Director Denise Redmond, MSN, RN, and Advanced Nurse Clinician Gayle DiPretoro, MSN, RN, ANC, lead the 4A Acute Pulmonary Care Unit at Virtua Voorhees.


Cynthia Hnatiuk, AMSN CEO, presents the PRISM Award to Virtua.


Virtua employees Puikee Gonzalez, Denise Redmond, Patricia Bowen, and Gayle DiPretoro listen as Virtua president and CEO Richard Miller lists the accomplishments of the 4A Unit.


Virtua staff takes a break to celebrate.


The AMSN PRISM Award plaque.


Every celebration requires cake!