Press Release

St. Francis Hospital Receives Top National Nursing Award for Sixth Time

April 25th, 2018

ROSLYN, NY, April 4, 2018 - The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) have given the K2 Nursing Unit at St. Francis Hospital the PRISM award for exemplary nursing practice. It is the sixth time a medical surgical unit at St. Francis has achieved this highly regarded national nursing recognition.

The AMSN PRISM, which stands for Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Med-Surg, is the first award of its kind honoring medical-surgical units in the U.S. Two other nursing units at St. Francis -- 2 West and 2 East -- each received their second PRISM awards in March.

“Receiving a sixth PRISM award is yet another affirmation of the ongoing commitment our medical-surgical units have in providing topnotch nursing care,” says Ann Cella, M.A., M.Ed, R.N., NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Francis. “PRISM, along with our other national recognitions such as Magnet and Beacon, reflect why St. Francis is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the U.S.”

In order to achieve AMSN PRISM status, medical-surgical units must demonstrate sustained excellence by exhibiting:

  • Effective leadership
  • Recruitment and retention of competent staff members
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Positive patient outcomes
  • Healthy work environment
  • Lifelong learning of unit staff members

Only 30 Medical Surgical Units in the United States currently have AMSN PRISM awards. St. Francis is the only hospital in New York State to have achieved PRISM status. 

Contact: Paul Barry, (516) 563-7970,

             Rosemary Gomez, 516-563-7965,



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