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University Hospitals Case Medical Center's neuroscience intensive care unit earns Beacon Award
Date:10/4/2010

University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Reinberger Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSU) has earned the prestigious Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. This is a top honor from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses recognizing nursing excellence.

The NSU joins four other intensive care units at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) which have been recognized with Beacon Awards: Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU); Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU); Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The MICU is the only ICU in the nation to have received this honor consecutively for five years and the SICU has received it three times.

"Having five intensive care units recognized with this award is truly a national distinction and high praise for the excellence of our nurses," said Fred C. Rothstein, M.D., President of UHCMC. "Exceptional nursing care has always been a cornerstone of UHCMC, and we're proud to see a national organization validate their superior work."

"This is truly outstanding recognition for the dedication shown by our nurses to provide excellent care," said Catherine Koppelman, RN, Chief Nursing Officer of UHCMC. "Our nurses' commitment to caring for the most critically ill patients has led our NSU and other units to earning the highest praise from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses."

The UHCMC NSU is recognized as a Beacon Award winner due to the unit's commitment to superior quality standards in nurse recruitment and retention, patient outcomes, staff training, healthy work environments, leadership and evidence-based practice and clinical research.

"We applaud our NSU staff, led by Chris Murphy, the nurse manager, and their unparalleled nursing care, teamwork, outcomes and innovation," said Michael DeGeorgia, M.D., Director of the NSU. "It is their abiding commitment to patient-c
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Contact: George Stamatis
george.stamatis@uhhospitals.org
216-844-3667
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
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