TriStar Horizon Medical Center has earned the 2016 Unit of Distinction Award for the second consecutive year in an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary Medical-Surgical units at HCA facilities.

The "Unit of Distinction" designation is achieved through measurable, outstanding performance in nursing leadership, professional practice and operations and outcomes. During 2016, 472 HCA Med-Surg units participated in the program. Using 21 different criteria, units were scored to determine which would receive the 2016 Unit of Distinction honor, which puts them in the Top 5% of all HCA Medical-Surgical hospital units. In addition to the UOD recipients, 23 additional units achieved scores placing them in the Top 10% of all HCA Med-Surg units, earning each an "Honorable Mention" designation.

"The Unit of Distinction Award recognizes and celebrates excellence in medical-surgical nursing and acknowledges further that it takes a high-performing team of nurses, demonstrating a high level of commitment, to achieve these results," said Jane D. Englebright, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN, HCA Chief Nurse Executive and Senior Vice President.

TriStar Horizon Medical Center recently completed another phase of patient care enhancements to better serve the community needs, particularly in the medical-surgical unit. In addition to the remodeled rooms, the unit has been modernized with new equipment and technology, including the advanced nurse call system.

"TriStar Horizon is excited to be recognized for our performance on a national level and celebrate with our staff that made this honor possible, said Gina Bullington, TriStar Horizon chief nursing officer. "We are dedicated to providing high quality care for the communities we serve."

With more than 1,700 sites of care, HCA-affiliated nurses have abundant opportunity to choose work across a wide selection of clinical and non-clinical settings. Launched in 2014, the Unit of Distinction Awards are an essential component of HCA's multifaceted Excellence in Nursing plan. This is the second year for the Unit of Distinction Awards. The company supports each nurse's professional dedication with a solid foundation of encouragement and an involved environment in order to help them fulfill their potential and further their careers.