Middlesex Hospital Medical-Surgical Unit

The North 5 nursing team at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM AwardTM, a new honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

The North 5 nursing team at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, a new honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

"I am extremely proud of these nurses and all the nurses here at Middlesex, who dedicate themselves to nursing excellence each and every day,” said Jackie Calamari, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Middlesex Hospital.

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.

AMSN Director Cynthia Barrere, PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC, represented AMSN and MSNCB, and presented the North 5 unit with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony January 17, 2014, at the hospital. The unit’s award will also 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.

“The nurses at Middlesex Hospital have a long legacy of providing the highest quality nursing care to patients,” Jackie Calamari, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Middlesex Hospital, said. “The PRISM Award is another significant example of the outstanding care provided by our med-surg nurses in particular. I am extremely proud of these nurses and all the nurses here at Middlesex, who dedicate themselves to nursing excellence each and every day.”


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

Dr. Cynthia Barrere, PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC
Dr. Cynthia Barrere, PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC

Dr. Cynthia Barrere, PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC
Dr. Cynthia Barrere, PhD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC


Lynn Jansky MSN, RN-BC & Patty Marteka BSN, RN-BC, CBN


Jackie Calamari MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CEN  Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Middlesex Hospital


Vincent Capece President and CEO of Middlesex Hospital, Jackie Calamari MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CEN Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Middlesex Hospital , Cynthia Barrere PhD, RN, AHN-BC (AMSN National Director)


Jessica Poetzsch BSN, RN-BC, Lynn Jansky MSN, RN-BC, Patty Marteka BSN, RN-BC, CBN, Cynthia Barrere PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Martha Lutecki BSN, RN, Stephanie Lombardo RN-BC


(top row) Jackie Calamari MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CEN Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Dania Cabrera MSN, RN-BC, Jessica Poetzsch BSN, RN-BC,  Lynn Jansky MSN, RN-BC, Patty Marteka BSN, RN-BC, CBN, Martha Lutecki BSN, RN, Stephanie Lombardo RN-BC, Barbara Sajek Unit Secretary, Cathy Leary MSN, RN, Jennifer Romano Patient Care Tech, Nancy Dennehy BSN, MHA, RN-BC Interim Unit Manager,  (bottom row) Ryann Nocereto BSN, RN, Chris Ann Meaney DNP, MHA, RN-BC, NE-BC former Unit Manager,  Bobbie Ciesiolka Patient Care Tech, Danielle Czesak BSN, RN, Caroline Norton BSN, RN