Leesburg, VA – The Children’s Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital (ILH) has been selected as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association’s (ENA) 2020 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. The Children’s Emergency Room at ILH is one of only 25 hospital ERs internationally and the only ER in Virginia to receive the Lantern Award in 2020.

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“Our Children’s ER team is extremely dedicated, working with compassion and providing excellence to each patient and family member they are privileged to serve. We appreciate and are honored by this recognition,” said April Brown, DNP, NE-BC, RN-BC, Senior Director, Inova Loudoun Hospital Emergency Services.

The Lantern Award showcases the emergency department’s accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. EDs are encouraged to share stories which highlight a commitment to care of patients, as well as the well-being of nursing staff. The award serves as a visible symbol of the commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work environment.

“In 2006, we opened our ER solely dedicated to providing world-class healthcare to our youngest patients. This award really sets our ER apart from others, confirming Inova as a leading health system in the nation,” said Sarah Stinson, BSN, RN, CPEN, Clinical Director, Children’s Emergency Room at ILH.

As a recipient, the Children’s Emergency Room at ILH will be recognized in upcoming ENA publications, on the ENA website and during EN20X, the association’s virtual annual conference in September.

For more information on this year’s Lantern Award recipients, visit the Emergency Nurses Association website.

Media Contact: Renee Brohard, APR, 540-454-3493

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Inova Loudoun Hospital
Founded in 1912, Inova Loudoun Hospital is a 311-bed nationally recognized hospital committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care for the entire family.  Inova Loudoun Hospital is ranked among the top hospitals in the country for nursing excellence, emergency care services, and patient safety. Inova Loudoun Hospital is also a Joint Commission Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement, Spinal Surgery, and Stroke Care.

Inova Loudoun Hospital offers family-centered care with its children’s emergency room, children’s inpatient unit, NICU, and hospital-based natural birth center and is home to Loudoun County’s only designated trauma center. Inova Loudoun Hospital’s two additional 24/7 free-standing emergency rooms (ERs), located in Ashburn and Leesburg, are Joint Commission Certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals (ASRH).

About Inova
Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, recognized in 2019 and 2020 by U.S. News & World Report, which named Inova Fairfax Hospital the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC region. All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Each of Inova’s five hospitals holds a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), distinguishing Inova as the highest-rated large health system in the U.S., and the only system to have all hospitals receive five stars. Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, ranking in the top 10 nationwide among Major Teaching Hospitals. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes. Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,800 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at www.inova.org.

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