Congratulations to Health Central Hospital’s ICC and CCU, for achieving the
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' (AACN) Silver Beacon Award.
The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes hospital units employing
evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. Established in
2003, AACN's award recognizes top U.S. hospital units meeting standards of
- recruitment and retention
- education, training and mentoring
- research and evidence-based practice
- patient outcomes
- leadership and organizational ethics
- creation of a healthy work environment
Beacon-designated units meet criteria in five categories, including Magnet
Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and National Quality
Healthcare Award. Units that receive the award demonstrate practices that align
with AACN's Healthy Work Environment Standards for optimal care.
Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of recognition are bestowed hospital units
"that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes."
Recipients of a Gold Beacon Award demonstrate staff-driven excellence in
sustained unit performance, improvement and patient outcomes that exceed
national benchmarks. 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.