In 2019, two medical-surgical units at University Hospital became the first hospital units in San Antonio to earn the prestigious PRISM Award from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board.
This national award, which stands for Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Med-Surg, recognizes extraordinary leadership and patient outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units. This high honor for University Hospital’s 12th Floor Medical Surgical Unit and 10th Floor Sky Tower nursing unit followed an extensive review process.
The reviewers were impressed by these units’ achievements in the areas of patient safety and quality, and recognized their leadership’s success in building committed teams that embrace the core nursing values of compassion and service.
A PRISM Award is an esteemed honor for any U.S. hospital. Receiving two awards in one year is an especially rare accomplishment.
“It is very fitting for our staff to be celebrated for this premier recognition of their practice,” said Nelson Tuazon, vice president and associate chief nursing officer. “There is high value in having teams who have worked together in our health system for a long time, and who are accustomed to each other’s strengths and routines.”