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19 Hospital Units Receive AACN Beacon Award

Units Recognized for Critical Care Excellence

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) announces that 19 units from 15 hospitals in 14 states have received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award that is increasingly linked to patient safety initiatives.

Each unit has been recognized for exhibiting the highest quality standards in nurse recruitment and retention, patient outcomes, staff training, healthy work environments, leadership and evidence-based practice and research. Criteria for receiving a Beacon Award include:

-- Recognized excellence in the intensive care environments in which

nurses work and critically ill patients are cared for;

-- Recognized excellence of the highest quality measures, processes,

structures and outcomes based upon evidence;

-- Recognized excellence in collaboration, communication and partnerships

that support the value of healing and humane environments;

-- Developing a program that contributes to actualization of AACN's

mission, vision and values.

Studies show that units achieving Beacon Award status rate higher on key indicators related to nursing satisfaction, quality of care, leadership and work environment. In addition, this award allows units to measure their systems, outcomes and environment against evidence-based criteria.

"The commitment to high-quality standards and dedication to exceptional care of patients and their families have brought clear, valuable recognition to these units and institutions," said AACN President Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS. "Earning a Beacon Award sends a clear message that these units are providing exceptional care and that their commitment to evidence-based practice is unwavering. They have set examples that serve as beacons for other hospitals and healthcare facilities to use in navigating the rough waters of acute and critical care nursing."

Following are the units by state and institution that have achieved Beacon Award status this spring:


John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital


Intensive Care Unit


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (2 units)

Santa Barbara

Critical Care Unit (CCU)

Intensive Care Unit

Two-time recipient

District of Columbia

Georgetown University Hospital


C4-3 Surgical Intensive Care Unit


Tampa General Hospital


Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit


Gwinnett Medical Center


Intensive Care Unit

Two-time recipient


Advocate Christ Medical Center

Oak Lawn

Surgical Intensive Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit


Baystate Medical Center


Adult Intensive Care Unit

Four-time recipient

New Jersey

The Valley Hospital (3 units)


Intensive Care Unit

Intermediate Care Unit

Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit

New York

VA Medical Center Brooklyn


Combined Intensive Care Unit

Strong Memorial Hospital


Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

Two-time recipient

North Carolina

Mission Hospitals


Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit/Cardiovascular Recovery Unit


Aultman Hospital


Medical Intensive Care Unit


Providence St. Vincent Medical Center


Intensive Care Unit


Virginia Commonwealth Medical Center


Surgery/Trauma Intensive Care Unit


University of Washington Medical Center (2 units)


5 East Intensive Care Unit

5SE Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit

The latest awards bring to 120 the total number of units that have received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. More than 200 units are in the process of applying at any given time. The award is presented twice yearly.

For more information on the Beacon Award or AACN, call (800) 899-2226. Applicants are not required to be a member of AACN to receive a Beacon Award. Applications must be completed online. Application information and requirements are available at > Beacon Award.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses. Its headquarters are located in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Founded in 1969, the association now has more than 240 chapters worldwide and is working toward a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. Complete information about AACN is available online at

SOURCE American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
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