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CHLA emergency department lands national award

The emergency team at Children's Hospital Los Angeles treats 68,000 patients a year.
Photo: The emergency team at Children's Hospital Los Angeles treats 68,000 patients a year.

The Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) was selected for the Lantern Award, a national honor from the Emergency Nurses Association in recognition of the department’s outstanding performance in patient care, research and leadership. It was the only California hospital emergency department to earn the award this year.

The department was chosen along with eight other emergency departments across the country from an applicant pool of 38 departments. The association then reviewed the extensive submissions.

“This acknowledgement reflects Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department’s efforts in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research,” said Alan Nager, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and director of Emergency Medicine and Transport at CHLA. “The application was filled with examples of the superb care and innovation contributed by our team.”

The CHLA emergency team treats 68,000 patients a year and includes nurses, physicians, pharmacists and the department’s colleagues from the trauma program, employee health, disaster preparedness, social work, decision support services and the employee assistance program.

“This is a well-deserved acknowledgement of the emergency department team,” said Susan Cline, the department’s education manager. “We care for the sickest and most critically injured children, adolescents and young adults in our community. We do our best to provide the highest quality pediatric emergency care based on research and evidence-based practice.”