INDEPENDENCE, MO. —  Centerpoint Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health, the Kansas City region’s largest healthcare provider — announced its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursing unit has earned the HCA Healthcare Unit of Distinction (UOD) Award. The annual program recognizes and rewards exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare sites of care. The “Unit of Distinction” designation is achieved through measurable, exemplary performance in the strategic areas of advocacy and leadership, consistency in nursing practice and operations, and leveraging scale to drive performance.

Centerpoint Medical Center NICU Recognized for Nursing Excellence with HCA Healthcare "Unit of Distinction" Award

Launched in 2015, the Unit of Distinction Awards are an essential component of HCA Healthcare’s strategic nursing plan. With more than 2,300 sites of care, HCA Healthcare’s 93,000 nurses have abundant opportunity to choose work across a wide spectrum of clinical and non-clinical settings. The organization supports and invests in nursing with leading-edge technologies and increased access to clinical education and professional development opportunities to help make HCA Healthcare the premier career destination for nurses.

“The Unit of Distinction program celebrates how nurses across our organization are achieving top outcomes. It’s how we execute our nursing strategy and unites us all towards a common goal,” said Dr. Sammie Mosier, senior vice president and chief nurse executive of HCA Healthcare. “Congratulations to all nursing units across HCA Healthcare who work each day to deliver excellent care to patients and to support our community of 93,000-strong nurses!”

In a ceremony broadcast from HCA Healthcare’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, a total of 204 nursing units were recognized by HCA as top-performing nursing units. Units of Distinction are categorized in the top five percent of all HCA Healthcare medical surgical, critical care, emergency services, surgical services, behavioral health, women’s and children’s nursing units, pediatrics/PICU and inpatient rehabilitation units. The top six to 10 percent of all HCA Healthcare units earned honorable mention designations.

“We are proud to receive this nursing award of excellence,” said Centerpoint Medical Center CEO Bret Kolman. “Rigorous requirements must be met to earn a coveted Unit of Distinction award. The NICU unit nurses rise to unique challenges, caring for tiny miracles that happen at Centerpoint Medical Center every day. It is an honor to recognize these nurses and the outstanding work they do in delivering high-quality, compassionate care to preemies and their families. This award exemplifies why HCA Midwest Health hospitals are known for helping nurses to advance their skills and build their careers.”

For more information about Centerpoint Medical Center, visit the Centerpoint Medical Center website.