Skip to main content

MMC Emergency Department Earns Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award

August 08, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Caroline Cornish
caroline.cornish@mainehealth.org

MMC is one of just 29 hospitals across the country to receive the award in 2022.

PORTLAND, Maine – The emergency department at Maine Medical Center (MMC) has earned an Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) 2022 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. MMC’s emergency department is one of just 29 in the U.S. to receive this honor this year.

The ENA Lantern Award showcases an emergency department’s accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. The team in MMC’s emergency department (ED), that serves approximately 70,000 patients a year, has made several improvements to its process to manage the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include development of a rapid decision unit to help improve patient flow and efficiency, creation of new protocols to improve care of the ED increasing number of behavioral health patients, an interdisciplinary focus on the geriatric population that earned MMC recognition as an Age-Friendly Health System from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and a transformation of the ED’s critical care area to ensure a more efficient use of space, equipment, supplies and personnel.

“This Lantern Award is the result of the ED team’s commitment to excellence during an incredibly challenging time in health care,” said Nanci Goudey, MPA/HSA, BSN, RN, nursing director of emergency services at Maine Medical Center. “Our care team has been tested day after day during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have responded with innovative thinking, always striving to improve the care our patients receive.”

The ENA will formally recognize MMC during its annual conference in Denver, Colorado from Sept. 30 - Oct. 3.

###

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2021-2022, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 700 beds and employing more than 9,600 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.

News from Around MaineHealth

View All
MMC Surpasses Philanthropic Fundraising Goal
The NEXT 150 | Campaign for Maine Medical Center has raised $179 million in designated funds for MMC’s facilities, education and innovation needs.
MaineHealth Purchases Union Station Plaza
MaineHealth, parent company of the state’s largest hospital, Maine Medical Center, has no plans to develop the property at this time.
The Leapfrog Group Names MMC, SMHC As 2022 Top Teaching Hospitals
Maine Medical Center (MMC) and Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) each have been named a 2022 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. This national award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive for health care quality and safety. The news also comes just weeks after Money.com, in partnership with Leapfrog, named both hospitals to its list of Best Hospitals in America for Billing Ethics.
Buy a Christmas Tree, Benefit The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
The restaurant in Portland’s West End is selling a limited number of locally-sourced trees with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.
MMC Earns an ‘A’ For Safety from Leapfrog Group
This is the fifth consecutive six-month period in which Maine Medical Center has received the highest hospital safety grade from The Leapfrog Group
MaineHealth, Northern Light Health warn of strained capacity from RSV, other illnesses
The unprecedented rise in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among babies and toddlers in Maine is now creating a significant strain on pediatric inpatient capacity across the region.
Medical experts from both health systems ask families to take steps to stay healthy this winter.
Congress Street Detour set for Nov 4 & 5
Congress Street will be closed between Forest and Weymouth streets on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, to accommodate the removal of the large tower crane that has been used to construct Maine Medical Center’s new Malone Family Tower.
Physicians Join Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners announces the following new hires.
MMC ‘Tops Off’ Malone Family Tower with Traditional Ceremony
Beam signed by MMC care team members added to new Congress Street building
MMC Nurses Achieve Fourth Consecutive ANCC Magnet Recognition®
The recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center is considered the gold standard for nursing quality.