Reston, VA — Reston Hospital Center and StoneSprings Hospital Center have earned two 2018 Unit of Distinction (UOD) Awards in an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare facilities. Reston Hospital Center was recognized for the Surgical Services Department while StoneSprings Hospital Center was recognized for the Emergency Department.
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. During 2018, approximately 1,200 HCA Healthcare nursing units participated in the program. Using specific criteria, nursing units are evaluated and scored based on performance. Recipients of the 2018 Unit of Distinction honor are considered to be in the top 5 percent of all HCA Healthcare medical-surgical, critical care, emergency services and surgical services nursing units.
"This recognition highlights the incredible care and skilled staff at our Northern Virginia hospitals," said John Deardorff, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center and HCA's Northern Virginia Market. "I am proud that two of our units were distinguished as being among the best of HCA worldwide."
An important component of the program is HCA Healthcare's sponsorship of nurses to obtain national certification through programs accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. This year, more than 2,600 HCA Healthcare-affiliated nurses expanded their professional knowledge and advanced their individual and professional skills to earn certification.
"The Unit of Distinction Award recognizes and celebrates excellence in nursing and acknowledges that it takes a high-performing team of nurses demonstrating a high level of commitment to achieve results like these," said Jane D. Englebright, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN, HCA Healthcare Chief Nurse Executive and Senior Vice President.
With more than 1,800 sites of care, HCA Healthcare-affiliated nurses have abundant opportunity to choose work across a wide spectrum of clinical and non-clinical settings. Launched in 2015, the Unit of Distinction program is a driving component of HCA Healthcare's multi-year nursing strategic plan.