North Richland Hills – Medical City North Hillshas earned two Unit of Distinction (UOD) Awards in an annual program which recognizes and rewards exemplary Medical-Surgical nursing units at HCA Healthcare affiliate facilities.

The two Medical-Surgical units, 6th Floor and 5th Floor, respectively, won a Unit of Distinction and an Honorable Mention in the special recognition among 820 HCA nursing units across the country.

Using 23 different criteria, units were scored to determine which would receive the 2017 Unit of Distinction honor, which earns them a spot in the Top 5% of all HCA Medical-Surgical and Critical Care hospital units. In addition to the UOD recipients, 35 additional units achieved scores ranking them within the Top 10% of all HCA Med-Surg and Critical Care units, earning each an “Honorable Mention” designation.

An important component of the program is the company’s sponsorship of nurses to obtain national certification through programs accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. This year, more than 1,100 HCA-affiliated nurses expanded their professional knowledge and advanced their individual and professional skills to earn certification.

“The Unit of Distinction Award has again recognized our Med-Surg units for their outstanding commitment to high-quality patient care,” said Xavier Villarreal, CEO at Medical City North Hills. “I continue to be impressed with the leaders and clinical team who work constantly to improve the level of compassionate care on these units.”

The unit directors are Mary Williams, RN and Eunice Valai, RN, respectively, for the 6th Floor and 5th Floor Med-Surg units.

With more than 1,800 care locations, HCA-affiliated nurses have abundant opportunity to choose work across a wide spectrum of clinical and non-clinical settings. HCA is dedicated to providing support to all nurses across the company from the bedside to the boardroom through professional development, investments in technology and a commitment to helping nurses deliver excellent care to patients.

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