Derry, NH – Parkland Medical Center has announced that its Progressive Care nursing unit has earned the 2022 HCA Healthcare Unit of Distinction (UOD) Award, an annual program that 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 improve patient care.

“It is with great pride that we celebrate Parkland Medical Center’s Progressive Care Unit with the Unit of Distinction award,” said Eileen Keefe, chief nursing officer at Parkland Medical Center. “To be ranked fourth across all of HCA Healthcare in this category is a true honor. This award is a tribute to the engagement, compassion, expertise, and resilience of a great team and their nurse leaders. Every day and night, our staff care for one another and their patients like family.”

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 more than 93,000 nurses have abundant opportunity to choose work across a wide spectrum of clinical and non-clinical settings. HCA Healthcare supports and invests in nursing with leading-edge technologies and increased access to clinical education and professional development opportunities to help make HCA Healthcare a premier career destination for nurses.

“Each year we look forward to celebrating the selfless individuals who continually show up for our patients across the country,” said Sammie Mosier, DHA, MA, BSN, NE-BC, senior vice president and chief nurse executive of HCA Healthcare. “The Unit of Distinction program celebrates HCA Healthcare’s many exemplary nursing units and raises our standard of nursing excellence every year. Congratulations to this year’s winners.”

In a ceremony broadcast from HCA Healthcare’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 a total of 204 nursing units were recognized 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 ten percent of all HCA Healthcare units earned honorable mention designations.