Orange Park Medical Center is excited to announce they have earned two Unit of Distinction Awards in an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare facilities.

"Our CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit) is #8 in the county across all HCA Healthcare facilities. Our MSICU (Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit) was not far behind coming in at #14," said Kathy Hester, Orange Park Medical Center's Chief Nursing Officer. "The recipients were selected based on a number of different measures including the quality of patient care, staff engagement, education, and patient satisfaction. It took a lot of hard work and we appreciate everything our staff does every day for our critically ill patients."

820 HCA Nursing units participated in the program. Using 23 different criteria, units were scored to determine which would receive the Unit of Distinction honor, which earns them a spot in the Top 5% of all HCA Medical-Surgical and Critical Care hospital units.

An important component of the program is the company's sponsorship of nurses to obtain national certification through programs accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. This year, more than 1,100 HCA-affiliated nurses expanded their professional knowledge and advanced their individual and professional skills to earn certification.

With more than 1,800 care locations, HCA-affiliated nurses have abundant opportunity to choose work across a wide spectrum of clinical and non-clinical settings. Launched in 2014, the Unit of Distinction Awards are an essential component of HCA's multi-year nursing strategic plan. HCA is dedicated to providing support to all nurses across the company from the bedside to the boardroom through professional development, investments in technology and a commitment to helping nurses deliver excellent care to patients.

"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.

Orange Park Medical Center offers a Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses called StaRN for soon-to-be nursing graduates to experience a paid graduate residency. The program allows new graduates to obtain acute nursing experience in Medical-Surgical, ICU, ED and various other nursing specialties as they transition into staff RN roles within Orange Park Medical Center.