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St. Francis Hospital achieves Beacon Award in back-to-back years

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The St. Francis Hospital CTICU team was honored in 2012 with a gold-level Beacon.

Two critical-care units at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, N.Y., recently became the hospital’s second and third units in two years to earn a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

According to the AACN website, the MICU 2 and surgical ICU both earned the honor in 2013. The St. Francis cardiothoracic ICU achieved the honor in 2012.
The award recognizes the benefits of the hospital’s evidence-based practice on patients and the community.

The award is given for a three-year period at gold, silver and bronze levels. Beacon criteria include: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication; knowledge management and best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes, according to the AACN.

According to the AACN’s website, St. Francis is now home to three of New York State’s 12 Beacon units.

Recipients of a gold-level Beacon Award demonstrate excellence in sustained unit performance and patient outcomes, according to the AACN.

St. Francis has maintained its Magnet status for two consecutive periods, and maintains its Gold Plus Achievement Award for stroke care, according to a hospital news release.

Warlita Barcelona Au, RN, BSN, CCRN, contributed to this report.

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