Richmond, VA - Four HCA Virginia hospitals have been recognized for excellence in nursing as part of HCA Healthcare's 2019 Unit of Distinction (UOD) Awards - an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare sites of care.

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.

HCA Virginia had three departments recognized as winners of the Unit of Distinction Award, placing them in the top five percent of all nursing units within HCA Healthcare. These include:

  • Henrico Doctors' Hospital's Labor & Delivery Unit
  • Johnston-Willis Hospital Surgical Services
  • Retreat Doctors' Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit

In addition, seven units received an honorable mention recognition and ranked in the top 6-10 percent of HCA nursing units in 2019. They are:

  • Henrico Doctors' Hospital's IVCU Unit, Mother Baby Unit, and Renal Care Unit
  • Parham Doctors' Hospital's 2 East/Medical Surgical Unit, Joint & Spine Center, and Behavioral Health Unit
  • Retreat Doctors' Hospital's 5 East/Medical Surgical Unit

"These achievements are a reflection of our commitment to excellence in nursing and remarkable efforts to provide outstanding care," said Jan Gannon, RN, chief nursing executive, HCA Healthcare Capital Division. "I commend these teams for consistently exceeding standards for all those we serve."

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 ten percent of all HCA Healthcare units, earning each an "Honorable Mention" designation.

About HCA Virgiia

As the commonwealth's most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 29 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, and two urgent care centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia's largest employers, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia includes five imaging centers, three outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and seven hospitals - Chippenham, Henrico Doctors', John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors', Retreat Doctors', and Spotsylvania Regional.

About HCA Healthcare

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 184 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 31 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives. Please click here to connect with HCA Healthcare on social media.