Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital’s Commitment to Emergency Department Quality Earns Prestigious Nursing Award

One of Six Emergency Departments in Florida to Earn Award

Orlando, FL (July 18, 2023) – The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has awarded Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital its prestigious 2023 Lantern Award, which recognizes the hospital’s emergency department for its commitment to outstanding performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.

Orlando Health South Seminole’s emergency department was one of 53 across the country to earn this year’s Lantern Award and the only one in Central Florida. Notable achievements for the team included remarkable strides in reducing EMS offload wait times, implementing robust safety protocols for blood cultures, and delivering prompt responses to strokes and STEMI, the most critical type of heart attack.

“It is an incredible honor for our emergency department nurses and team to be recognized by our peers in the nursing profession,” said Jennifer Stoeke, MSN, RN, CENP, chief nursing officer at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital. “Their hard work and relentless effort have made a tangible impact on the quality of care our patients receive.”

Orlando Health South Seminole’s Lantern Award will be on display in the emergency department. The hospital will also be recognized in upcoming ENA publications, on the ENA website and during Emergency Nursing 2023, the association’s annual conference in San Diego Sept. 21-23.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $9.2 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level I Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level II Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows.

The 3,888-bed system includes 29 hospitals and emergency departments – 24 of which are currently operational with five coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, more than 100 adult and pediatric primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 60 outpatient facilities that include imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,750 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 27,000 team members and more than 1,200 physicians.

In FY22, Orlando Health served nearly 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided more than $782 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more in FY 21, the most recent period for which this information is available. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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