Unit 1A Bayhealth Medical Center

Unit 1A Bayhealth Medical Center

Unit 1A Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE, has 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.


"This unit decided not to be a closed unit to better serve the patients and each other. The right agenda, egos at the door…. I think we should send you all to Washington!”

~Kathleen Singleton, AMSN Past President

AMSN Past President, Kathleen Singleton, MSN, RN, CNS, CMSRN, represented AMSN and MSNCB, and presented Unit 1A with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony on November 10, 2014, at the hospital.

The unit’s award will also be announced at the 2015 AMSN Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, September 24-27, 2015; on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites and social media sites; and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

Singleton praised the nurses of 1A for exemplary practice and described the areas that were outstanding on the unit’s PRISM application, in particular the award’s first-ever perfect score in the “Work Environment” category. She also noted the nurses for their commitment, teamwork, and dedication to patient outcomes and lifelong learning.

Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy said the unit is “truly good” at what they do and well-deserving of the PRISM award. “I have a lot of pride for this recognition and for the team at 1A,” said Murphy said. “I also think it’s great for med-surg nursing.”

Bayhealth Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Bonnie Perratto, CNE, MSN, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, told the members of the unit “When we heard all of the accolades of the reviewers, we were just so excited.” She thanked the team for their outstanding work and told them “You are role models. Thank you for setting the bar high.”

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 PRISM 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

Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy.