Medical Surgical Unit of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH), VT

Medical Surgical Unit of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH), VT

The Medical Surgical Unit of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) was presented with the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses AMSN PRISM Award® on November 1, 2018.  NVRH is the first hospital in Vermont to receive this prestigious honor, recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital med-surg units.

“This prestigious award recognizes exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical departments across the United States,” Seleem Choudhury, NVRH Chief Nursing Officer VP/ Professional Services, said during the ceremony.

“I believe this award distinguishes NVRH from other hospitals by demonstrating a commitment of improving many facets of patient care and I think it is also saying, ‘Hey America, look at us here in the Northeast Kingdom, and see what we are doing with our community and patients,’ ” Choudhury said. “And it is all happening as we celebrate Medical-Surgical Nurses Week, November 1-7!”

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.

Sharon Mallett, NVRH Director of Med-Surg/Pediatrics/Infusion, accepted the award on behalf of the Med-Surg Unit, from AMSN/MSNCB representative, Portia Zaire, MSNEd, RN, CCCTM.

"Our nurses and nursing assistants show their love for nursing every single day by making sure our patients receive the best possible care and comfort,” Mallett said. “We are so honored to receive the AMSN PRISM Award and I am so proud of the NVRH Med-Surg Unit."

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

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award.


About Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
NVRH is located in St. Johnsbury in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We are a community, not-for-profit, acute care, critical access hospital. We are one of two Vermont hospitals designated as a Baby FriendlyTM hospital by the United Nations. We provide primary and preventive care, surgical and specialty services, inpatient and outpatient care and 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency services. We serve just over 30,000 people in the Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties in Vermont and employ 600.

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.

About MSNCB
The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) is a professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

Photos from the Award Ceremony

Portia congratulating the team!

Proud and happy Sharon!

Great group shot!

WOOT! Fun group shot!

Sharon Seleem and Portia with PRISM Award!

Attendees at ceremony.