Orem, UT - Timpanogos Regional Hospital has earned the 2016 Unit of Distinction (UOD) Award and two honorable mention recognitions in an annual program that identifies and rewards exemplary Medical-Surgical units at HCA facilities. The hospital's orthopedic/spine unit was awarded the Unit of Distinction designation while the medical and surgical floors each received honorable mention.

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.

An important component of the program is company sponsorship of nurses to obtain national certification through programs accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. This year, more than 600 HCA-affiliated nurses expanded their professional knowledge and advanced their individual and professional skills to earn certification.

"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.

"It is an honor to again be recognized as the Unit of Distinction amongst so many great HCA hospitals across the country," said Terri Rhodes, director of medical services at Timpanogos Regional Hospital. "It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire staff to make sure they have the highest qualifications to provide the best care to each one of our patients."

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.