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DANVILLE, Pa. – The staff of Geisinger Medical Center’s Abigail Pavilion 5 medical-surgical unit recently received the AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

The award, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,” is the first of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the United States and internationally. It is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). The award is given to outstanding acute care/med-surg units or adult/pediatric units classified as med-surg.

Medical-surgical nurses care for patients with a variety of medical conditions or those recovering from surgical procedures. Geisinger’s Abigail Pavilion 5 unit was also one of the first units at Geisinger Medical Center converted to a COVID-19 care unit to treat those affected by coronavirus during the pandemic. 

“We are incredibly proud of this honor and the recognition it gives the staff on the unit,” said Crystal Muthler, chief nursing officer at Geisinger Medical Center. “This team is dedicated to the health of our neighbors, and that has been on full display over the past year as we continue battling the COVID pandemic.”

Launched in October 2012, this award recognizes: 

  • Effective leadership
  • Recruitment and retention of competent staff members
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Positive patient outcomes
  • A healthy practice environment
  • Lifelong learning of unit staff members

There are more than 600,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, making them the single largest group of specialty nurses working in hospital settings, according to AMSN. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

“I want to thank all of our employees for their dedication, commitment and hard work during these difficult and stressful times,” said Janet Tomcavage, executive vice president, chief nursing executive, Geisinger. “They have heroically risen to the occasion to meet the needs of our patients and communities and deserve all the praise they receive.”

About The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses 
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN; is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to medical-surgical nursing practice. Its mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

About The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board
The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB; is a professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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