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Celebrating nursing excellence: HCA Healthcare’s Unit of Distinction Awards announced

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HCA Healthcare’s more than 93,000 nurses are at the forefront of our commitment to the care and improvement of human life. Yesterday, we celebrated top-performing nursing units that are raising the bar for the nursing profession at our 6th annual HCA Healthcare Unit of Distinction Award Ceremony.

Launched in 2015, the HCA Healthcare Unit of Distinction program celebrates the individual departments that are defining nursing excellence through nursing-specific indicators and departmental performance. These teams and leaders are actively partnering and collaborating with patient care teams to problem solve and create best practices within their local organizations. In 2021, more than 2,000 HCA Healthcare nursing units participated in the Unit of Distinction program.

In a ceremony broadcast from HCA Healthcare’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, a total of 202 nursing units were recognized as top-performing nursing units. Units of Distinction are categorized in the top five percent of all HCA Healthcare medical surgical, critical care, emergency services, surgical services, behavioral health, women’s and children’s nursing units, pediatrics/PICU and inpatient rehabilitation units. The top six to ten percent of all HCA Healthcare units earned honorable mention designations.

Sam Hazen (left), HCA Healthcare chief executive officer, and Dr. Sammie Mosier (right), HCA Healthcare senior vice president and chief nurse executive celebrated top performing HCA Healthcare nursing units during our 6th annual Unit of Distinction Award ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on April 26, 2022.

Nursing at HCA Healthcare

For the past several years, HCA Healthcare’s strategic vision for nursing was focused on investing in nursing through four key pillars: advocacy and leadership, increasing performance visibility, consistency in nursing practice and operations and leveraging scale to drive performance.

In 2022, we refined our nursing strategy approach by building on previous strategic pillars and focusing more on innovative ways to solve nursing staffing challenges and enabling nurses to practice at the top of their license. Our 2022 nursing strategy was developed by listening to nurses at all levels of our organization and is guided by four pillars:

  1. Advocacy and leadership: develop extraordinary leaders at every level and provide unparalleled opportunities for career advancement
  2. Staffing and care team support: create innovative and effective care delivery models to support care teams and meet patient needs
  3. Education and academic partnerships: access to industry-leading education and career development opportunities to positively impact patient care
  4. Professional practice: ensure ownership of evidence-based practice to elevate nursing excellence

“The Unit of Distinction program celebrates how nurses across our organization are achieving top outcomes. It’s how we execute our nursing strategy and unites us all towards a common goal,” said Dr. Sammie Mosier, HCA Healthcare senior vice president and chief nurse executive. “Congratulations to all nursing units across HCA Healthcare who work each day to deliver excellent care to patients and to support our community of 93,000-strong nurses!”

The following HCA Healthcare nursing units were recognized as exemplary in 2021:  

Medical Surgical Unit

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Patient Care Unit (Houston, Texas)

Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Patient Care Unit (Houston, Texas)

Units of Distinction recipients

Medical City Dallas, Orthopedic (Dallas, Texas)

Medical City Denton, Surgical Trauma Orthopedic (Denton, Texas)

Rapides Regional Medical Center, 3A Cardiovascular Telemetry (Alexandria, Louisiana)

Fairview Park Hospital, Surgical (Dublin, Georgia)

Fairview Park Hospital, Telemetry (Dublin, Georgia)

Henrico Parham Doctors’ Hospital, 2 East General Surgery (Richmond, Virginia)

Northeast Methodist Hospital, Orthopedic/Neurology/Oncology (Live Oak, Texas)

HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital, Orthopedic/Spine (Brooksville, Florida)

HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital, MST (Niceville, Florida)

Medical City Plano, C2 Medical Oncology (Plano, Texas)

MountainView Hospital, 4 Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Henrico Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, 5 East (Richmond, Virginia)

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, Medical Surgical/Pediatrics/Orthopedic (Blacksburg, Virginia)

Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Inpatient Services (Thousand Oaks, California)

CJW Medical Center, Short Stay (Richmond, Virginia)

MountainView Hospital, 4 South Cardiac Medical Surgical (Las Vegas, Nevada)

HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, 2nd Floor Medical Oncology (Ocala, Florida)

MountainView Hospital, 5 Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)

LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, Medical Surgical (Pulaski, Virginia)

HCA Florida Trinity Hospital, 5 East Spine & Orthopedics/Surgical (Trinity, Florida)

Medical City North Hills, Neuro Medical Surgical (Richland Hills, Texas)

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, 7 Carroll Medical Surgical (Miami, Florida)

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, 4 North (Austin, Texas)

Menorah Medical Center, Surgical Specialty Unit (Overland Park, Kansas)

Mountain View Hospital, Orthopedics (Payson, Utah)

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany, Medical Surgical (Low Moor, Virginia)

HCA Houston Medical Center, 5 North Post-Surgical (Houston, Texas)

HCA Florida Aventura Hospital, 3 East (Aventura, Florida)

Las Palmas Medical Center, 6 North (El Paso, Texas)

Unit of Distinction honorees

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, 3NE Neuroscience (Ocala, Florida)

Wesley Medical Center, Neuro Medical Unit (Wichita, Kansas)

Valley Regional Medical Center, 3 Central – Stroke (Brownsville, Texas)

Los Robles Medical Center, 4 Surgical (Thousand Oaks, California)

Tulane Lakeside Hospital, Medical Surgical (New Orleans, Louisiana)

HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, Oncology (Kissimmee, Florida)

Tulane Medical Center, Urological Surgical Specialty (New Orleans, Louisiana)

HCA Florida Brandon Hospital, C2 Medical (Brandon, Florida)

HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, 5 South (Houston, Texas)

TriStar Centennial Medical Center, 3 Central Medical Oncology (Nashville, Tennessee)

Parham Doctors’ Hospital, 5 East General Medical (Richmond, Virginia)

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, Orthopedics/Spine (Smyrna, Tennessee)

Rose Medical Center, Orthopedics/Spine (Denver, Colorado)

LewisGale Medical Center, 5 West (Salem, Virginia)

Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, Orthopedics/Neurology/Spine (Las Vegas, Nevada)

HCA Florida Gulf Coast Hospital, 2 Central Orthopedics (Panama City, Florida)

HCA Florida Brandon Regional Hospital, A5 Medical (Brandon, Florida)

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, 6 Carroll (Miami, Florida)

TriStar Centennial Medical Center, The Advance Spine Institute (Nashville, Tennessee)

Medical City Denton, Medical Surgical (Denton, Texas)

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital (Walton Beach, Florida)

CJW Medical Center, Orthopedic/Spine (Richmond, Virginia)

HCA Houston North Cypress, MS4 (Cypress, Texas)

HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital, 3 West (Hudson, Florida)

Menorah Medical Center, Cardiovascular Care (Overland Park, Kansas)

Corpus Christi Medical Center Doctors Regional, 3 North (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Las Palmas Medical Center, 5 South (El Paso, Texas)

HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, 5 North Observation Medical Surgical (Houston, Texas)

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Cardiac Renal Pulmonary (Richmond, Virginia)

Methodist Hospital, Intermediate Cardiac Care (San Antonio, Texas)

Critical Care – Progressive Care Unit

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Blood Cancer Unit (Denver, Colorado)

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Blood Cancer Unit (Denver, Colorado)

Units of Distinction recipients

TriStar Medical Center, 6 Tower North (Nashville, Tennessee)

Methodist Hospital, 5 North Surgical Progressive Care Unit (San Antonio, Texas)

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, 5 Carroll Progressive Care Unit (Miami, Florida)

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Step Down Intensive Care Unit (Covington, Louisiana)

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Interventional Cardiac Unit (Richmond, Virginia)

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Neuroscience (McAllen, Texas)

Medical City Plano, Cardiac Stepdown (Plano, Texas)

Unit of Distinction honorees

Methodist Hospital, Critical Progressive Care Unit (San Antonio, Texas)

CJW Medical Center, Interventional Care Unit (Richmond, Virginia)

HCA Florida Westside Hospital, Progressive Care Unit (Plantation, Florida)

Valley Regional Medical Center, Progressive Care Unit (Brownsville, Texas)

HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, 3 North Intermediate Care Unit (Houston, Texas)

HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, Progressive Care Unit (Fort Pierce, Florida)

TriStar Centennial Medical Center, 6 Tower (Nashville, Tennessee)

HCA Florida Palms West Hospital, Progressive Care Unit (Loxahatchee, Florida)

Medical City Plano, Intensive Care Unit Stepdown (Plano, Texas)

Critical Care – Intensive Care Unit

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

Menorah Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit (Overland Park, Kansas)

Menorah Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit (Overland Park, Kansas)

Unit of Distinction recipients

Tulane Medical Center, Neuro Intensive Care Unit (New Orleans, Louisiana)

HCA Florida West Hospital, Critical Care Unit (Pensacola, Florida)

LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, Critical Care Unit (Pulaski, Virginia)

HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, Intensive Care Unit (Ocala, Florida)

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (Fort Walton, Florida)

HCA Florida South Shore Hospital, Intensive Care Unit (Sun City Center, Florida)

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Ocala, Florida)

HCA Florida Pasadena Hospital, Medical Intensive Care Unit (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Tulane Medical Center, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Oviedo Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit (Oviedo, Florida)

HCA Florida Kendall Hospital, Critical Care Unit (Miami, Florida)

HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (Fort Pierce, Florida)

Unit of Distinction honorees

HCA Houston Clear Lake, Critical Care Unit (Webster, Texas)

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin, Intensive Care Unit (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)

HCA Florida Northwest Hospital, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (Margate, Florida)

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany, Intensive Care Unit (Low Moor, Virginia)

HCA Florida Lawnwood, Trauma Intensive Care Unit (Fort Pierce, Florida)

HCA Florida Westside Hospital, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (Plantation, Florida)

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, Intensive Care Unit (Blacksburg, Virginia)

HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, Cardiovascular/Neurology Intensive Care (Kingwood, Texas)

TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, Critical Care Unit (Nashville, Tennessee)

Valley Regional Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit (Brownsville, Texas)

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit (Las Vegas, Nevada)

HCA Florida Largo Hospital, Transplant Intensive Care Unit (Largo, Florida)

Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, Intensive Care Unit (Wichita, Kansas)

Emergency Services

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

Medical City Denton, Emergency Department (Denton, Texas)

Medical City Denton, Emergency Department (Denton, Texas)

Unit of Distinction recipients

Medical City Lewisville, Emergency Services (Lewisville, Texas)

HCA Florida UCF Lake Nona Hospital, Emergency Department (Orlando, Florida)

Cache Valley Hospital, Emergency Department (North Logan, Utah)

HCA Florida Pasadena Hospital, Emergency Department (St. Petersburg, Florida)

StoneSprings Hospital Center, Emergency Department (Dulles, Virginia)

Medical City Frisco, Emergency Department (Frisco, Texas)

Methodist Hospital Atascosa, Emergency Department (Jourdanton, Texas)

Henrico Doctors’ Parham Hospital, Emergency Department (Richmond, Virginia)

Unit of Distinction honorees

TriStar Horizon Medical Center, Emergency Services (Dickson, Tennessee)

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, Emergency Services (Smyrna, Tennessee)

HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, Emergency Department (Ocala, Florida)

HCA Houston Pearland, Emergency Department (Pearland, Texas)

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany, Emergency Department (Low Moor, Virginia)

Brigham City Community Hospital, Emergency Department (Brigham City, Utah)

Research Medical Center, Emergency Department (Kansas City, Missouri)

Tulane Lakeside Hospital, Emergency Department (New Orleans, Louisiana)

HCA Florida West Hospital, Emergency Department (Pensacola, Florida)

Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Emergency Room of Shawnee (Overland Park, Kansas)

Free Standing Emergency Room

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Emergency Room of Shawnee (Overland Park, Kansas)

Unit of Distinction recipients

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, Trailwinds Village Free Standing Emergency Room (Ocala, Florida)

Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Olathe Free Standing Emergency Room (Overland Park, Kansas)

HCA Florida Lake Monroe Hospital, Heathrow Freestanding Emergency Room (Sanford, Florida)

TriStar Horizon Medical Center, TriStar Natchez (Dickson, Tennessee)

Unit of Distinction honorees

HCA Florida North Florida Hospital, HCA Florida West End Emergency (Newberry, Florida)

Del Sol Medical Center, East Freestanding Emergency Department (El Paso, Texas)

HCA Florida Kendall Hospital, HCA Florida Doral Emergency (Miami, Florida)

Medical City Alliance, Medical City Emergency Room Saginaw (Fort Worth, Texas)

Grand Strand Medical Center, North Strand Emergency Room (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Surgical Services

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, Perioperative Services (Pulaski, Virginia)

LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, Perioperative Services (Pulaski, Virginia)

Unit of Distinction recipients

Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Perioperative Services (Frankfort, Kentucky)

Parkland Medical Center, Perioperative Services (Derry, New Hampshire)

The Women’s Hospital of Texas, Perioperative Services (Houston, Texas)

Methodist Hospital Atascosa, Perioperative Services (Jourdanton, Texas)

HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital, Perioperative Services (Kissimmee, Florida)

HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital, erioperative Services (Okeechobee, Florida)

Medical City Las Colinas, Perioperative Services (Irving, Texas)

South Austin Medical Center, Perioperative Services (Austin, Texas)

Unit of Distinction honorees

HCA Florida Lake City Hospital, Perioperative Services (Lake City, Florida)

TriStar Horizon Medical Center, Perioperative Services (Dickson, Tennessee)

TriStar Summit Medical Center, Perioperative Services (Hermitage, Tennessee)

St. David’s Surgical Hospital, Perioperative Services (Round Rock, Texas)

TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Perioperative Services (Nashville, Tennessee)

Mission Hospital McDowell, Perioperative Services (Marion, North Carolina)

HCA Houston Pearland, Perioperative Services (Pearland, Texas)

Swedish Medical Center, Perioperative Services (Englewood, Colorado)

HCA Florida UCF Lake Nona Hospital, Perioperative Services (Orlando, Florida)

Behavioral Health

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

HCA Florida Largo West Hospital, 2 South & Retreat (Largo, Florida)

HCA Florida Largo West Hospital, 2 South & Retreat (Largo, Florida)

Unit of Distinction recipients

HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, Adolescent Behavioral Health (Fort Pierce, Florida)

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, Inpatient Behavioral Health (Miami, Florida)

Trident Regional Medical Center, Lowcountry Transitions 4th Floor (Charleston, South Carolina)

Medical City Green Oaks Hospital, Adult Inpatient Adolescent (Dallas, Texas)

Unit of Distinction honorees

HCA Florida Osceola Hospital, Behavioral Health (Kissimmee, Florida)

HCA Florida Healthcare Largo West, Geriatrics (Largo, Florida)

Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Senior Behavioral Health (Frankfort, Kentucky)

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, Serenity Place (Sarasota, Florida)

LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, Transitions Behavioral Health (Pulaski, Virginia)

Perinatal Services

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

Medical City McKinney, Perinatal Services (McKinney, Texas)

Medical City McKinney, Nursery (McKinney, Texas)

Unit of Distinction recipients

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, The Birth Center (Hendersonville, Tennessee)

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Labor & Delivery and Postpartum (Covington, Louisiana)

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, Labor & Delivery, Mother/Baby (Smyrna, Tennessee)

TriStar Horizon Medical Center, Women’s Services (Dickson, Tennessee)

Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Labor & Delivery (Terre Haute, Indiana)

Valley Regional Medical Center, Women’s Center (Brownsville, Texas)

Colleton Medical Center, Labor & Delivery (Walterboro, South Carolina)

HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital (Ft. Walton Beach, Florida)

Medical City Lewisville, Perinatal Services (Lewisville, Texas)

Unit of Distinction honorees

St. David’s Medical Center, Labor & Delivery (Austin, Texas)

Reston Hospital Center, Perinatal (Reston, Virginia)

HCA Florida St. Lucile Medical Center, Women’s Services (Port St. Lucie, Florida)

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, Mother Baby Unit (San Antonio, Texas)

Brigham City Community Hospital, Women’s Services (Brigham City, Utah)

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, Mother Baby Unit (Round Rock, Texas)

HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital, Women’s Services (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Fairview Park Hospital, Women’s Center (Dublin, Georgia)

Centerpoint Medical Center, Women’s Services (Independence, Missouri)

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Unit

Rose Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Denver, Colorado)

Rose Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Denver, Colorado)

Unit of Distinction recipients

Rapides Regional Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Alexandria, Louisiana)

HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Pasadena, Texas)

HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Brooksville, Florida)

Centerpoint Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Independence, Missouri)

Unit of Distinction honorees

HCA Florida Trinity Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Trinity, Florida)

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (San Antonio, Texas)

CJW Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Richmond, Virginia)

Corpus Christi Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Medical City Arlington, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Arlington, Texas)

Pediatrics / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Units

Methodist Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit (San Antonio, Texas)

Methodist Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit (San Antonio, Texas)

HCA Houston Clear Lake, Pediatrics & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Webster, Texas)

HCA Houston Clear Lake, Pediatrics & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Webster, Texas)

Unit of Distinction recipient

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Pediatrics Intermediate Care (Denver, Colorado)

Unit of Distinction honorees

HCA Florida West Hospital, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Pensacola, Florida)

Summerville Medical Center, Pediatrics (Summerville, South Carolina)

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Unit of Distinction – Top Ranking Units

Menorah Medical Center, Inpatient Rehabilitation (Overland Park, Kansas)

Menorah Medical Center, Inpatient Rehabilitation (Overland Park, Kansas)

Unit of Distinction recipients

Trident Regional Medical Center, Inpatient Rehabilitation (Charleston, South Carolina)

Medical City Lewisville, Inpatient Rehabilitation (Lewisville, Texas)

Unit of Distinction honorees

Methodist Texsan Hospital, Acute Rehabilitation (San Antonio, Texas)

HCA Florida Pasadena Hospital, Inpatient Rehabilitation (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Research Medical Center, 2 North/5 West Rehabilitation (Kansas City, Missouri)

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 182 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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