The 5 East Surgical Specialties & Rehabilitation Units of the University of Illinois Health & Sciences System (UI Health)

University of Kansas Transplant Unit Receives First AMSN PRISM Award™ for Exemplary Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System team at the PRISM Award ceremony. Pictured are hospital leaders, unit leaders, and SE Unit staff members.

The 5 East Surgical Specialties & Rehabilitation Units of the University of Illinois Health & Sciences System (UI Health) in Chicago, IL, have 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.

"The award reflects the excellence and compassion with which this team of multidisciplinary professionals cares for patients."

~Dr. Avijit Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer

UI Health is the first hospital in Illinois to receive the award, which was first given in 2012. The 43 nurses who work on the 5 East units care for patients recovering from stroke, brain injury and transplants, as well as those recovering from orthopedic, urologic, and bariatric surgeries. The nurses also treat patients who are undergoing post-surgical rehabilitation.

The Awards Ceremony

Virginia J. Hallenbeck, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, AMSN PRISM Award Task Force member/reviewer, presented 5 East with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony December 17 at the facility. Along with Dr. Hallenbeck, nurses from 5 East attended and were joined by hospital officials and other staff members.

“We are proud of our Surgical Specialties and Rehabilitation Nursing Units. 5 East has raised the bar of excellence for medical-surgical nursing at the local, state and national level,” Dale Beatty, UI Health's chief nursing officer, said at the ceremony. “Our patients, their families and our entire organization are the benefactors of the professional efforts and outcomes required to achieve this award. Truly, it is through the efforts of the entire multidisciplinary team with leadership support that excellence can be realized.”

Dr. Avijit Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, echoed Beatty’s sentiments, praising the nurses for their diligence and dedication.

“We are truly honored to be the first in Illinois to receive this prestigious award,” Ghosh said. “The award reflects the excellence and compassion with which this team of multidisciplinary professionals cares for patients.”

The award for 5 East will also be announced at the 2015 AMSN Annual Convention in Las Vegas, September 24-27; 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 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.