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NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Receives Prestigious Nursing Award

South Brooklyn Health is the first hospital in the health system’s history to earn the Emergency Nurses Association’s Lantern Award

Jul 19, 2023

CEO Svetlana Lipyanskaya (left), Chief Nursing Officer Manjinder Kaur (right), and the nurses of the Emergency Department at South Brooklyn Health

Brooklyn, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health today announced that its Emergency Department’s (ED) nurses were the first in the public health system’s history to receive the prestigious Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award. With over 50,000 members worldwide, the ENA’s mission is to advance excellence in emergency nursing, and believes in core values of: collaboration; compassion; diversity and inclusion; excellence; a culture of inquiry, honesty, and integrity; and a spirit of philanthropy.

The prestigious honor recognizes our ED nurses’ performance in principal areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. The award application includes both quantitative questions that focus on performance and outcome metrics, as well as qualitative questions about noteworthy practices and attributes of our emergency department. The unique descriptive exemplars highlight the collaboration, innovation and heart of the South Brooklyn Health team.

“I am delighted and proud that the Emergency Nurses Association has bestowed the prestigious ENA Lantern Award on our NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Emergency Department,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “Our nurses at South Brooklyn Health are instrumental in providing compassionate and life-saving care while responding to more than 76,000 emergency visits every year. South Brooklyn Health is one of just 53 emergency departments around the world – and one of three hospital emergency departments in New York City – to demonstrate the exceptional and innovative evidence-based practice necessary to receive this prominent award. We congratulate our South Brooklyn Health nurses for this impressive recognition of their commitment to quality, safety and exceptional patient care.”

“I am incredibly proud of South Brooklyn Health’s Emergency Department nurses, who are leading by example by incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation in emergency care,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Chief Executive Officer Svetlana Lipyanskaya. “Our nurses are the heart of the clinical operation in our brand-new emergency department and are at the forefront of ensuring that our patients receive high quality care.”

“It is an honor for South Brooklyn Health’s Emergency Department nursing team to receive the first ENA Lantern Award, which is considered the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency medicine,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Chief Nursing Officer Manjinder Kaur, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. “I was an emergency department nurse for many years before ascending to my current leadership role, and so I understand and appreciate their role in the emergency department’s ecosystem.”

“It was an honor for me to be part of the Lantern Award work group and provide my contribution to reflect all the work and collaboration nurses perform each and every day in the Emergency Department,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Emergency Department Nurse Harijie Lamani. “Our Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Manjinder Kaur, has set the foundation for this success through the expectation of the nursing team to practice at the highest level of our licensure. We were empowered and our voices were heard, in our pursuit of professional development and providing a higher quality of patient-centric care.”

The newly elevated and expanded emergency department in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital on the South Brooklyn Health campus sees about 80,000 emergency visits per year. The Lantern Award distinguishes the South Brooklyn Health team for their commitment to quality, safety, a healthy work environment, innovation and excellence in nursing practice and leaders in emergency care. 


MEDIA CONTACT: Bridgette Ingraham-Roberts, NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health, 646-937-2945

About NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health

NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health and its 371-bed Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital and Health & Wellness Institute is one of the public health system’s 10 acute care health care campuses that offers general and acute medical care to adults and children. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospital offers modern trauma and emergency care, inpatient services for primary and acute care in general medicine, adult medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, medical and surgical sub-specialties, coronary care, intensive care, obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery, neonatology, critical care, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, and behavioral health. Its Health & Wellness Institute with over 40 ambulatory care practices provides patient and caregiver centered primary and specialty care to residents of South Brooklyn and the surrounding communities. The hospital has designations as a Certified Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Center, an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an accredited Baby-Friendly Hospital, a U.S. News & World Reporthigh performing hospital, a SAFE Center of Excellence under the Sexual Assault Reform Act, Designated AIDS Center (DACs), and Level 2 Perinatal Center.  

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.