A Community of Exceptional Nurses
The following is an alphabetical list by state of the recipients of the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012.
The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. The Beacon Award provides Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes. Recognition continues for three years before units can reapply.
Recipients of a Gold Beacon Award demonstrate staff-driven excellence in sustained unit performance and 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.
In 2012, 29 units achieved Gold-level status. Ohio has more hospital units receiving awards of all the states represented, while New Jersey has the most Gold-level recipients.
The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. received three Gold-level awards, more than any other hospital in the country. For more information about the Beacon Award for Excellence, visit www.aacn.org/beacon.
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