The medical ICU at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center, Vineland, N.J., is one of only two units nationally to earn the highest honor from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
The MICU has achieved the Beacon Award for Excellence’s gold-level status, according to an AACN news release.
Of the 16 units from 15 hospitals across the country to achieve Beacons for the period between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, only two achieved gold-level status.
The gold-level award signifies “excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes” and met AACN’s standards in six key areas: 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 this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” said AACN president Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, in a news release.
The heart and vascular ICU at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, achieved silver-level status. Recipients who earn silver level “demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care,” according to the AACN.