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Bassett Medical Center's Emergency Department Receives Prestigious Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association

Written By Editor on 8/1/23 | 8/1/23

Cooperstown, NY - Bassett Healthcare Network announced today that Bassett Medical Center’s Emergency Department in Cooperstown has received the Emergency Nurses Association 2023 Lantern Award. Bassett joins only 52 other emergency departments nationwide and internationally to receive this prestigious recognition, including such esteemed institutions as the Mount Sinai Emergency Department in New York City, and NYU Langone Hospital Emergency Departments in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York.


Established in 2011, the ENA Lantern Award recognizes exceptional and innovative leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research performance in emergency departments across the United States, and now includes the United Arab Emirates.


Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network said: “This is a magnificent achievement. We are proud beyond words of the dedicated, deeply committed caregivers in Bassett Medical Center’s Emergency Department, who ensure that our community has the best emergency care. To each and every one of you, I offer my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude.”


“As a Level III Trauma Center serving eight rural counties covering an area the size of Connecticut, Bassett Medical Center’s Emergency Department is essential to the health and wellbeing of our communities. We are honored to receive this recognition. Thank you, ENA,” said Tammy Aiken, MSN, RN, Director of Emergency/Trauma & Critical Care Nursing.


Bassett Medical Center, previously known as Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, celebrated its Centennial in 2022. It is the hub of Bassett Healthcare Network, which is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, more than 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields.


“Persevering through COVID in a rural community was no easy task and this team continued to deliver amazing experiences and outcomes in the hardest of times,” said Julie Hall, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services, Bassett Medical Center. “I am incredibly grateful and proud that the wonderful care provided by Bassett’s Emergency Department is recognized by the ENA with such a prestigious award.”


Angela Belmont, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive, Bassett Healthcare Network, added: “The ENA Lantern Award recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate exceptional and innovative performance through evidence-based practice and innovation in their emergency care. We are so proud of our ED team. We are grateful for the dedication, commitment, and compassion they show every day to our community. Congratulations!”


The 2023 ENA Lantern Award recipients will receive a physical award to display in their emergency department as a visible symbol of their commitment to quality, safety, and a healthy work environment. Each will be recognized in the Hall of Honor at Emergency Nursing 2023, ENA’s annual conference, in San Diego. Additionally, each emergency department’s award-worthy efforts will be spotlighted in ENA’s member magazine, ENA Connection.


More information about Bassett Medical Center’s Emergency Department is available here.

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