The LewisGale Hospital Pulaski medical-surgical unit has earned the 2019 Unit of Distinction (UOD) Award in an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare facilities. LewisGale Hospital Pulaski’s critical care unit and emergency department were also recognized with “Honorable Mention” designations.

The Unit of Distinction designation is achieved through measurable, exemplary performance in the strategic areas of advocacy and leadership, consistency in nursing practice and operations, and leveraging scale to drive performance.

Launched in 2015, the Unit of Distinction Awards are an essential component of the nursing strategic plan. With approximately 2,000 sites of care, HCA Healthcare’s 98,000 nurses have abundant opportunity to choose work across a wide spectrum of clinical and non-clinical settings. The company supports and invests in nursing with leading-edge technologies and increased access to clinical education and professional development opportunities to help make HCA Healthcare the premier career destination for nurses.

“The Unit of Distinction Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in nursing and acknowledge that it takes a high-performing team of nurses demonstrating a high level of commitment to achieve results like these, said Jane Englebright, chief nurse executive and senior vice president of HCA Healthcare. “These awards help to unite our nursing community, all of us, toward a common goal of creating a patient-centered culture and keeping our commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”

In 2019, approximately 2,200 HCA Healthcare nursing units participated in the program and were scored on approximately 20 different criteria to determine which would receive the 2019 Unit of Distinction honor. Unit of Distinction winners are in the top five percent of all HCA Healthcare medical surgical, critical care, emergency services, surgical services, behavioral health and women’s and children’s nursing units. In addition to the UOD recipients, 106 additional units achieved scores ranking them within the top six to 10 percent of all HCA Healthcare units, earning each an “Honorable Mention” designation.

Sean Pressman, CEO of LewisGale Pulaski noted that “The effort put forth by each of our three nursing departments to be recognized among the top units across the United States is truly remarkable. It’s also proof that the bigger isn’t necessarily better. Better is better – and this team is one of the best.”

“The Unit of Distinction designation is a testament to the quality, compassionate care that is the hallmark of LewisGale Hospital Pulaski.  I am so proud of our medical-surgical, critical care unit and emergency department, and of the entire hospital team that provides the support that helps them achieve this level of success.” said Christine Ludwig, CNO of LewisGale Pulaski.