The University of Maryland Medical Centers cardiac care unit has been recognized as one of the top intensive care units in the country.
UMMC, which is located in Baltimore, announced April 8 that its CCU has received a Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
This is a tremendous achievement for our cardiac care unit and reflects the hard work and dedication of nurses in the unit who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families, said Lisa Rowen, RN, DNSc, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, in a news release.The CCU team has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
We are very pleased, but not surprised, that this unit has received this well-deserved national recognition.
Of an estimated 6,000 ICUs across the U.S., only 186 pediatric and adult critical care units have received the Beacon Award since its inception in 2003. To earn the honor, ICUs are evaluated on 42 criteria in six categories patient outcomes; evidence-based practice and research; leadership and organizational ethics; excellence and innovation in recruitment and retention; education, training, and mentoring; and promoting healing environments.
Our cardiac care unit nurses exemplify that high standard, and we are extremely proud of them for this accomplishment, said Mandeep R. Mehra, MBBS, chief of cardiology at UMMC.