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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles pediatric cardiothoracic ICU earns Beacon Award

Monday January 13, 2014
Mary Dee Hacker, RN
Mary Dee Hacker, RN
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The pediatric cardiothoracic ICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded the national gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, according to a news release.

“The Beacon Award is an indication of the clinical excellence of the work done in our CTICU,” Mary Dee Hacker, MBA, NEC-BC, FAAN, vice president of patient care services at Children’s, said in the release. “It is a rigorous evaluative process, and we are very proud of this designation.”

Top scores in 6 categories

The 24-bed CTICU at CHLA earned the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence by receiving top scores in six categories: leadership structures and systems, appropriate staffing and staff engagement, effective communication, knowledge management and best practices, evidence-based practice and processes, and patient outcomes.

Units that receive the award also meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

Developed by AACN in 2003, the Beacon Award provides hospitals and healthcare systems a way to respond to increasing concerns about quality and safety and to evaluate the continuing evolution of clinical care.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units hat receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, said in the release.

More about the Beacon Awards

Developed by AACN in 2003, the Beacon Award provides hospitals and healthcare systems a way to respond to increasing concerns about quality and safety and to evaluate the continuing evolution of clinical care.

The Beacon Award for Excellence is a three-year designation for units and their caregivers who distinguish themselves by successfully improving patient care and achieving healthy work environments. The Beacon program’s three levels of designation — gold, silver and bronze — signify milestones in a unit’s journey to excellence.

“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,” AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, said in the release.


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