Inova Loudoun Hospital Earns 2021 Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award

Leesburg, VAInova Loudoun Hospital (ILH) is proud to announce it has been selected as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association’s (ENA) 2021 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research at its Inova Virts Miller Family Emergency and Trauma Center and Inova Loudoun Hospital Cornwall Wheeler Family Emergency Department – Leesburg. Thirty-three emergency departments from across the United States have been named recipients of the ENA’s 2021 Lantern Award.

“Only three emergency departments in Virginia received this honor and two of those are at Inova,” said Susan Carroll FACHE, MBA, MHA, President, Western Region, Inova Health System. “Our emergency teams are extremely dedicated to improving patient outcomes and providing excellent care to each patient and family member they are privileged to serve. We are honored by this recognition.”

ILH was recognized for exceptional and innovative performance in emergency care — improved clinical outcomes for stroke patients by administering medication in the testing area, saving approximately 1 million brain cells a minute and enhanced patient evaluation for fall risk, which in turn resulted in zero falls over the last few years.

The ENA Lantern Award showcases an 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 well-being of nursing staff. The award serves as a visible symbol of our commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work environment.

ILH’s Lantern Awards will be on display at both award winning emergency departments. As a recipient, ILH will be recognized in upcoming issues of ENA’s all-member magazine ENA Connection, on the ENA website and social media, and during Emergency Nursing 2021, the association’s 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


About 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, Perinatal Care, 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 the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 50,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at

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