Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Vancouver, WA


Surgical Specialties Unit Nursing Staff at Legacy Salmon Creek, Vancouver, WA, Receive AMSN PRISM Award®.

Nurses at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s surgical specialties unit (SSU) in Vancouver, WA, were honored February 25, 2019, with the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, which recognizes 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 and internationally. 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.

Ron Martin, MSN, MA, RN, CMSRN, chair of the AMSN PRISM Award Committee represented both AMSN and MSNCB during the awards ceremony at the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, and presented the SSU nurses with their award.

Along with the SSU staff nurses, hospital officials also attended the ceremony and praised the unit for their consistently outstanding performance.

“This award is a direct recognition and reflection of the daily commitment our staff have to our unit, patients, and each other; as well as the high level of quality patient care and outcomes our team delivers day in and day out,” said Julie Gillespie, Manager of Surgical Specialties at the medical center. “ Allison Carlson and I are honored to be the management team for such a stellar group of dedicated professionals.”

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 AMSN PRISM Award in October 2012. In addition to excellence in practice and outcomes, 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 approximately 650,000 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. 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, contact AMSN at amsn-info@amsn.org or 866-877-AMSN.


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

About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is a local, nonprofit health system with six hospitals and dedicated children’s care offered at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Legacy also includes more than 70 primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics, as well as almost 3,000 providers who are either employed, on the medical staff or part of Legacy Health Partners.

Photos from the Award Ceremony

(Left to Right) - Front Row:  Allison Carlson, MSN, RN, CCRN; Jennifer Surdam, RN; Ronald Martin, MSN, MNA, RN, CMSRN PRISM Award Review Committee Chairperson;  Nalda Odobasic, CHT.
2nd Row: Paula Harmon BSN, RN, ONC; Lindsey Gudge, BSN, RN, ONC; Cristina Constantin, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Fe Baro, BSN, RN, ; Rhaeley Shaffer, BSN, RN; Nicole Brown, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Naomi De La Rocha, BSN, RN; Leah Golovin, BSN, RN; Raelyn Surdam, CHT; Lee Michael, BSN, RN; Katie Yochim-Smith, BSN, RN, ONC; Amy Liebelt, BSN, RN; Karla Glen, MSN, RN.
Back Row: Olga Glukhenko, RN; Sarah Williams, CHT; Maggie Ehmke, RN; Vitaliy Syulyukov, RN; Erin Robbins, BSN, RN, ONC; Ramone Perkins, RN; Julie Gillespie, BSN, RN, ONC; Michelle Tomblison, RN, CMSRN; Christina Gay, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Landon Leedy, CHT

(Left to Right) - Lindsey Gudge, BSN, RN, ONC and Erin Robbins, BSN, RN, ONC; both co-chairs of the Surgical Specialties Shared Governance Committee.

(Left to Right) - Front Row: Naomi De La Rocha, BSN, RN; Jennifer Surdam, RN, Karla Glenn, MSN, RN; Fe Baro, BSN, RN; Amy Liebelt, BSN, RN; Nicole Brown, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Rhaeley Shaffer, BSN, RN.
Back Row: Cristina Constantin, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Lindsey Gudge, BSN, RN, ONC; Nalda Odobasic, CHT; Sarah Williamson, CHT; Olga Glukhenko, RN; Christina Gay, BSN, RN, CMSRN.

(Left to Right) - Jennifer Surdam, RN and Raelyn Surdam, CHT; posing with the PRISM Award

(Left to Right) - Allison Carlson, MSN, RN, CCRN (Assistant Nurse Manager of Surgical Specialties); Vicki Eastridge, MSN, RN (Director of Surgical and Interventional Services); Julie Gillespie, BSN, RN, ONC (Nurse Manager of Surgical Specialties).

(Left to Right) - Allison Carlson, MSN, RN, CCRN; Shannon Cooper, BSN, RN; Michelle Tomblison, RN, CMSRN; Erin Robbins, BSN, RN, ONC.

(Left to Right) - Amy Liebelt, BSN, RN; Christina Gay, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Sarah Williamson, CHT; Vitaliy Syulyukov, RN.

Olga Glukhenko, RN getting a piece of yummy cake courtesy of Marsee Bakery