TriStar Centennial
March 30, 2017

TriStar Centennial Medical Center has earned four 2016 Unit of Distinction (UOD) Awards in an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary Medical-Surgical units at HCA facilities.

The "Unit of Distinction" designation is achieved through measurable, outstanding performance in nursing leadership, professional practice and operations and outcomes. During 2016, 477 HCA Med-Surg units participated in the program. Using 21 different criteria, units were scored to determine which would receive the 2016 Unit of Distinction honor, which puts them in the Top 5% of all HCA Medical-Surgical hospital units. In addition to the UOD recipients, 23 additional units achieved scores placing them in the Top 10% of all HCA Med-Surg units, earning each an "Honorable Mention" designation.

An important component of the program is company sponsorship of nurses to obtain national certification through programs accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. This year, more than 600 HCA-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 medical-surgical nursing and acknowledges further that it takes a high-performing team of nurses, demonstrating a high level of commitment, to achieve these results," said Jane D. Englebright, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN, HCA Chief Nurse Executive and Senior Vice President.

TriStar Centennial had two units recognized as 2016 Units of Distinction.

"TriStar Centennial is honored to be recognized as a Top 5% Performer of all HCA medical-surgical units," said Gail Conforti, sixth tower north orthopedics medical-surgical unit manager. "The sixth tower north and sixth tower were recognized as third and thirteenth respectively out of 477 programs across the country."

"This accolade proves our staff's commitment to providing superior patient-centered care measured against national standards," added Machell Simms, sixth tower spine and neurology medical-surgical unit manager. "Our department had an opportunity for growth and because of our dedicated employees, we went from being ranked 413th to one of the best in the company."

The hospital had two additional units recognized as Honorable Mention recipients as well.

"As a Top 10% performer in HCA, our department defines medical-surgical excellence," said Amy Higgins, seventh tower medical-surgical director. "Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., always believed that 'it's not brick & mortar and equipment that make a hospital. It's the warmth, compassion and attitude of good employees that leads to quality care.' Our team continues to uphold this philosophy."

"This is the second year that our oncology medical-surgical unit has received Honorable Mention and will continue to use this opportunity to serve as a role model for other HCA facilities," said Channon Welch, oncology medical-surgical nurse manager. "Our patients benefit from the personalized, quality cancer care demonstrated every day at TriStar Centennial."

With more than 1,700 sites of care, HCA-affiliated nurses have abundant opportunity to choose work across a wide selection of clinical and non-clinical settings. Launched in 2014, the Unit of Distinction Awards are an essential component of HCA's multifaceted Excellence in Nursing plan. This is the second year for the Unit of Distinction Awards. The company supports each nurse's professional dedication with a solid foundation of encouragement and an involved environment in order to help them fulfill their potential and further their careers.