Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s Surgical Services Unit has earned the 2018 Unit of Distinction (UOD) Award in an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare facilities.

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. In addition to the UOD recipients, 67 additional units achieved scores ranking them within the Top 6 percent to 10 percent of all HCA Healthcare units, earning each an “Honorable Mention” designation.

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 Chief Nurse Executive and Senior Vice President.

“We are very proud of our surgical services team for this recognition,” said Michelle England, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Office at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. “This honor proves our staff's commitment to providing superior patient-centered care measured against national standards.”

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.

About Frankfort Regional Medical Center

About Frankfort Regional Medical Center…Owned by HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, Frankfort Regional Medical Center is a 173-bed, acute care facility, Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI, Level III Trauma Center, and Primary Stroke Center. Frankfort Regional has received numerous awards and accolades for its quality of care, including Magnet® designation for nursing excellence and has been accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information, visit Frankfort Regional.