Carson Tahoe Emergency Department First & Only to Win Emergency Nurses Association ‘Lantern Award’

Carson City, NV…Last week, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) announced that Carson Tahoe Health Emergency Department received the esteemed Lantern Award for 2020, which will span until 2023. The ENA recognizes just 25 emergency departments worldwide that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.

Carson Tahoe’s Health Emergency Department is the first and only organization in Nevada to receive this prestigious award. According to the ENA, the Lantern Award serves as a visible symbol of Carson Tahoe’s commitment to “quality, safety, and a healthy work environment.” With a stellar dedication to improvement and quality care, and the completion of a rigorous application process, the emergency department staff have categorically earned this recognition.

“We are honored to be a recipient of the 2020 Lantern Award by the Emergency Nurses Association,” says Dustin Bass, Director of Emergency & Urgent Care Services at Carson Tahoe Health. “Throughout my time at CTH, we have worked collaboratively to improve all aspects of how we provide emergency care to our close-knit community. Being recognized on a national level like this confirms our commitment to excellence and validates our dedication to our patients, and community.”

Receiving this distinguished award is an honor that gives credence to the impact CTH has on the health and well-being of our rural community. The CTH emergency room services several counties in Northern Nevada and helps over 42,000 people annually.

Carson Tahoe Emergency Department provides 24-hour emergency care and features telestroke, through affiliation with the University of Utah Health and a 6-bed FastTrack ER. Additionally, thanks to a generous donation from the Mallory Foundation, it’s now home to a newly renovated area providing for a streamlined, high-tech triage experience.

“For any of us, a sudden onset of chest pain, shortness of breath, extreme fever, or much more could require emergency care at any moment,” Bass says. “In these and similar scenarios, emergency care should be immediately available and compassionately delivered. Carson Tahoe does just that. I couldn’t be more proud of the entire emergency department team for this immense honor and we look forward to continuing to provide safe, efficient, exceptional care to every patient we have the pleasure to serve.”

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About Carson Tahoe Health
Carson Tahoe Health is a local, not-for-profit healthcare system with 240 licensed acute care beds. Serving a population of over 250,000, CTH features two hospitals, two urgent cares, an emergent care center, outpatient services and a provider network with 21 regional locations. The system is headquartered on a beautiful master planned 80-acre medical campus nestled among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in North Carson City. As the system’s cornerstone, Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center (CTRMC), voted 5th most beautiful hospital in the nation, was the first Baby-Friendly designated hospital in Nevada. Also included on the campus is Carson Tahoe Sierra Surgery, the 15-bed boutique elective surgery arm of CTRMC, and Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, an affiliate of Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah. For more information, go to