Lane Regional Medical Center has been named the 2016 Acute Care Hospital of the Year in the 61- to 160-bed category at the 15th annual Nightingale Awards held March 5 at L’Auberge Baton Rouge.

This is the second time the hospital has earned the recognition.

The Nightingale Awards, sponsored by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation and the Louisiana State Nurses Association, recognize excellence in nursing and quality service in the nursing and health care industry, a news release said.

The distinction for Acute Care Hospital of the Year is based on four criteria: innovation through nursing leadership and management within the hospital; organizational initiatives supportive of nursing practices; evidence of registered nurse decision-making and participation in management decisions; and recognition of registered nurse achievements and support of nursing participation in professional organizations.

“Lane Regional Medical Center seeks to provide progressive, competent and caring health care service to the patients we serve,” said Staci Sullivan, chief nursing officer. “It is an honor and privilege for me to lead and work with the outstanding nursing staff at Lane.”

“Once again, we are very proud of this recognition on a statewide level,” Lane CEO Randy Olson said. “We have a phenomenal group of professionals who work at Lane, and it’s great that judges from outside Louisiana confirmed that with this award.”