The Medical City Dallas Cardiovascular ICU has been awarded a silver Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The AACN award recognizes a healthy work environment and exceptional patient care. AACN honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest trade show and educational conference for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.
The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successful improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. It is a significant milestone for healthy work environments and exceptional patient care. This three-year, three-level award, with its gold, silver, and bronze designation, is given to units that meet national criteria consistent with the National Quality Healthcare Award, Magnet Recognition, and the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award.
“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” says AACN President Lisa Riggs, RN, “Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”
The Cardiovascular ICU at Medical City Dallas earning the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The Unit received the silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:
• Outcome measurement
• Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
• Evidence-based practice and processes
• Leadership systems and structures
• Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development