White Plains Hospital’s Emergency Department Receives Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association

White Plains Hospital’s Emergency Department Receives Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association

One of just 53 hospitals worldwide to achieve this designation this year for quality, safety and a healthy work environment

White Plains, N.Y. (July 24, 2023) – White Plains Hospital announced today it has been selected as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association’s (ENA) 2023 Lantern Award. The Hospital is one of just seven in New York and 53 in the world to achieve this prestigious three-year designation this year, which recognizes emergency departments, and specifically emergency department nurses, that demonstrate exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

Lantern Award recipients are chosen following a vigorous application process that includes quantitative measurements focused on patient outcomes as well as specific examples of its commitment to both patient care and staff well-being.

“Operating an efficient Emergency Department requires skilled nurses, constant communication, and a passion to provide the highest quality care for our community in their time of need,” said Ertha Small-Nicolas, MSN, RN, CPEN, Director of Nursing at White Plains Hospital. “This recognition from the ENA is notable because they understand the challenges we face every day and acknowledge the creative solutions we have implemented to enhance the patient experience.”

White Plains Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, with nearly 75,000 patient visits annually. One example of recent innovation is a multi-year redesign, which reduced our average ‘door-to-provider time’ from 22 minutes to just 10 minutes.

“As a three-time Magnet-designated organization, we are proud of the strong and collaborative nursing culture we have built at White Plains Hospital, and we are especially pleased to be honored by the ENA for our work in emergency medicine,” said Leigh Anne McMahon, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at White Plains Hospital.

A full list of White Plains Hospital’s accreditations and awards can be found here.


About White Plains Hospital 

White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Rye Brook, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.

The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and in 2022, White Plains Hospital received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — the highest distinction offered by that federal agency. In addition, the Hospital received its third Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a distinction held by only two percent of hospitals in the country. White Plains Hospital has consistently received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, and in 2022 became the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded with an A Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 9th time.