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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Recognizes St. Joseph’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit with the Gold Beacon Award for Excellence


National three-year award with gold, silver, bronze designations marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at St. Joseph’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” she explained.

The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. St. Joseph’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit earned a gold award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria: 

·       Leadership Structures and Systems

·       Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement

·       Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development

·       Evidence-Based Practice and Processes

·       Outcome Measurement 

This isn’t the first time St. Joseph’s has been recognized for nursing excellence. It’s Medical Intensive Care Unit also has been recognized with a Beacon Award in year’s past. In addition, St. Joseph’s has been designated a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence: Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. U.S. or Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. To learn more, visit www.aacn.org/beacon or call (800) 899-2226.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme

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CUTLINE: St. Joseph’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit recently earned the Gold Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.