Florida facilities made the cut and were given Beacon Awards for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in the fall. The award lauds U.S.-based hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver and bronze designations exhibit practices that align with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards for optimal care.The CVPCU team at the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute
Recipients of a Gold Beacon Award demonstrate excellence in sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. Silver-level recipients demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Bronze-level awardees demonstrate success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes.
Florida recipients included the ICU at Winter Park Memorial Hospital (Bronze); CVPCU/8GT, Florida Hospital Orlando (Silver); CVICU, Florida Hospital Orlando (Silver); 5A Cardiac Telemetry Unit, Tampa General Hospital (Silver); and Vascular Thoracic ICU, Florida Hospital, Orlando (Bronze).
“Winning this award validates the hard work and dedication of the entire team,” said Susan Whitney, RN, a clinical nurse in the CVPCU at Florida Hospital, in a news release. “This journey has helped us to continue to learn, grow and improve in our ability to deliver the highest level of excellent patient care which, of course, is the main objective of what we do.”
The ICU at Winter Park Memorial Hospital was awarded the designation to recognize caregivers on the unit for exceptional patient care and outcomes, according to a news release.
“For patients and families who go to a unit that is awarded this prestigious Beacon Award, it exemplifies better care and improved outcomes,” said Ken Bradley, administrator of Winter Park Memorial Hospital and mayor of Winter Park. “For the nurses, this award means a positive, healthy work environment and high morale. I am so very proud of our team.”