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Hospitals nationwide receive Beacon Award honor

Hospital units from California to the East Coast recently received the Beacon Award for Excellence for promoting superior care and positive environments.

Given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the award recognizes units that use evidence-based practices to enhance patient and family outcomes, according to an AACN news release. A total of 72 units from 60 hospitals earned the honor between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. Recipients of the awards include three units at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va. Those units received gold-level recognition, making VCU the first hospital to boast eight beacon units, the news release said.

Other units in the U.S. that received gold-level beacon awards include two units at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, Calif. Two hospital units at the St. Mary’s campus of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. received gold beacon awards, while another received a silver beacon award, according to the news release. Florida had the highest number of units receiving awards in 2014, according to the release.

Gold beacon award recipients are recognized for showing staff-driven greatness in sustained unit performance and enhanced patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks, according to the AACN, while silver-level recipients are recognized for consistent growth, development and organization to achieve the best patient care, the news release said. Bronze-level awards are issued to units for their skills in developing and implementing criteria that deliver top outcomes. Beacon award recognition lasts for three years, according to the news release.

“The caregivers in these units are healthcare professionals committed to the best in patient care,” AACN president Teri Lynn Kiss, MS, MSSW, RN, CNML, CMSRN said in the news release. Kiss is the director of Medical Unit-2South and case management services at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska. “The fact that 20 units achieved gold status, and a total of 72 units met the stringent criteria for the Beacon Award for Excellence in the last year shows the commitment of the caregivers and their hospitals to work together to achieve evidence-based excellence in recruitment, retention, training and mentoring.”

Facilities and units that earned the Beacon Award for Excellence will be recognized during the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition May 18-21 in San Diego. With the theme Focus the Flame, the event includes an opening session keynote by Kiss, as well as a speech by Michael Bungay Stanier, author of the book “Do More Great Work.” Elizabeth Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN, associate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing and a clinical nurse researcher at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, will be the 2015 distinguished research lecturer. The exposition also will feature an address by AACN president-elect Karen McQuillan, MS, RN, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, lead clinical nurse specialist for the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

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