Sutter ICUs Receive Beacon Awards for Critical-Care Excellence

Posted on May 4, 2018 in Cardiac, Quality, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO – Two intensive-care units at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received the prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence, given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to laud hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes.

The Beacon Award for Excellence provides gold, silver and bronze levels of recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes. Sutter Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Surgery ICU received the gold award, and the Med ICU the silver. Recognition continues for three years.

Beacon-designated units meet criteria in five categories that are consistent with criteria for other national awards, including Magnet® recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Forum’s Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality awards. Units that receive the Beacon Award demonstrate practices that align with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards.

Recipients of a gold-level Beacon Award demonstrate staff-driven excellence in sustained unit performance and improved 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.

AACN President Christine S. Schulman, M.S., R.N., CNS, CCRN-K, critical care and trauma clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Health in Portland, Ore., praises the exemplary efforts of the unit caregivers who achieved the Beacon Award for Excellence.

“The caregivers in these units are healthcare professionals committed to the best in patient care,” Schulman said. “The continued growth of the Beacon Award program shows the commitment of caregivers and their hospitals to work together to achieve healthy work environments that support excellent care of patients and their families.”

Learn more about the Beacon Award for Excellence, and read about one unit’s Beacon journey in the Your Stories section of the AACN website.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence: Established in 2003, AACN’s award recognizes top hospital units that meet standards of excellence in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; research and evidence-based practice; patient outcomes; leadership and organizational ethics; and creation of a healthy work environment. Award criteria — which measure systems, outcomes and environments against evidence-based national criteria for excellence — provide a mechanism to initiate patient safety efforts. To learn more about the award, 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, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and has more than 200 chapters throughout the United States. 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.

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