News: 2013 Beacon Award Recipients

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes 122 hospital units nationwide with Beacon Award for Excellence

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, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.

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 2013, 34 units achieved Gold-level status. Pennsylvania has more hospital units receiving awards of all the states represented and joins California with five Gold-level recipients and New York with four Gold-level recipients.

St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, N.Y., and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, each have two units achieving Gold-level recognition in 2013. For more information about the Beacon Award for Excellence, visit

2013 Beacon Award Recipient List by State

  • Intensive Care Unit, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, John C. Lincoln Hospital, Phoenix (Bronze)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Del E. Webb Memorial Hospital, Sun City West (Silver)
  • Intensive Care and Cardiac Care Unit, Enloe Medical Center, Chico (Silver)
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Gold)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital Central California, Madera (Gold)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Moreno Valley Community Hospital (Silver)
  • D1 CCU/CSU, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto (Bronze)
  • Trauma Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville (Gold)
  • 8/11 Neurological Intensive Care Unit, UC San Francisco Hospital (Gold)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Torrance (Gold)
  • Adult Intensive Care Unit, Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Denver (Silver)
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland (Gold)
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care Complex, Christiana Care Health Services, Newark (Gold)
District of Columbia:
  • 4 East, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital (Gold)
  • Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Shands at the University of Florida, Gainesville (Silver)
  • Critical Care Center, Baptist Hospital of Miami (Gold)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala (Silver)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa (Silver)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Silver) and Vascular Intensive Care Unit (Silver), Tampa General Hospital, Tampa
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Gold)
  • Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta (Silver)
  • 2 North Intensive Care Unit, Wellstar Cobb Hospital, Austell (Silver)
  • Coronary Care Unit, Wellstar Healthcare, Marietta (Silver)
  • Critical Care Unit, North Fulton Regional Hospital, Roswell (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago (Silver)
  • Progressive Critical Care, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Northshore University Health System, Evanston (Gold)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights (Bronze)
  • Skokie Intensive Care Unit, Northshore University Health System, Skokie (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Goshen General Hospital (Gold)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Schneck Medical Center, Seymour (Gold)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Progressive Care Unit, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City (Silver)
  • 3 ICU North, Baptist Health Lexington (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Bel Air (Silver)
  • 4 West Critical Care Unit, Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown (Bronze)
  • 11 South Medicine Intensive Care Unit, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston (Gold)
  • Shapiro 9/10, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Lowell General Hospital (Silver)
  • Critical Care Department (CCU, MICU, SICU), South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Winchester Hospital (Silver)
  • H4200, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, St. Cloud Hospital (Gold)
  • 3 East Telemetry, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (Bronze)
  • W3 Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Regions Hospital, St. Paul (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Billings Clinic (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney (Bronze)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital, Omaha (Silver)
New Jersey:
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Gold) and Gagnon A (Silver), Morristown Medical Center
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit West and Core (Silver) and Coronary Care Unit (Silver), Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick
  • Intensive Care Unit, Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Pomona (Silver)
New York:
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit, New York Presbyterian Medical Center, New York (Gold)
  • Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Highland Hospital, Rochester (Gold)
  • 7-3400 Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation (Silver) and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Silver), Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit 2 (Gold) and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Gold), St. Francis Hospital, Rosyln
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, University Medical Center, Stony Brook (Silver)
North Carolina:
  • Coli Critical Care, Mission Hospitals, Asheville (Silver)
  • Medicine Progressive Care Unit, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill (Gold)
  • Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care, Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte (Bronze)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Durham VA Medical Center (Silver)
  • Bariatric General Surgery Unit, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville (Silver)
North Dakota:
  • Cardiac Progressive Care (Silver), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (Bronze) and Critical Care Services (Silver), Sanford Health Fargo
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit, Aultman Hospital, Canton (Bronze)
  • 12cd, TriHealth, Cincinnati (Gold)
  • Coronary Intensive Care Unit, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland (Gold)
  • Rainbow Babies and Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland (Bronze)
  • 2 Ross, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus (Bronze)
  • Post Coronary Care Unit, Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City (Silver)
  • Coronary Care Unit, Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford (Gold)
  • Cardiovascular Care Unit (Silver) and Intermediate Care Unit (Silver), Salem Hospital
  • Intensive Care Unit, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr (Silver)
  • Special Care Unit, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville (Silver)
  • Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Pinnacle Health Hospital, Harrisburg (Silver)
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey (Gold)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Paoli Hospital (Gold)
  • Rhoads 5 Surgical Critical Care Unit (Gold) and Rhoads 7 (Silver), The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (Gold), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Silver) and Coronary Care Unit (Silver), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia
  • Medical Coronary Care Unit, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Chester County Hospital, West Chester (Silver)
Rhode Island:
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence (Silver)
  • CCC3, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence (Silver)
South Carolina:
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (Silver), Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (Silver) and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Silver), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • Medical Critical Care, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, North Austin Medical Center, Austin (Bronze)
  • Intensive Care Unit (Silver) and Surgical Care Unit (Silver), Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas
  • Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth (Bronze)
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (Gold)
  • Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston (Silver)
  • 7 Cooley A (Gold), 7 South 3 (Gold) and 7 South 6 (Silver), St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston
  • Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler (Bronze)
  • Envision eICU, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, (Gold)
  • Intensive Care Unit (Silver) and Coronary Care Unit (Bronze), Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News
  • General Intensive Care Unit, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk (Silver)
  • Acute Care Surgery (Gold), Hume-Lee Transplant Center (Silver), VCU Massey Cander Center Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (Silver) and Medical Psychiatry (Bronze), VCU Medical Center, Richmond
  • Progressive Care Center, Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Midlothain (Gold)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton (Silver)
  • VHA Puget Sound, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle (Silver)
  • 2n Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Providence Sacred Heart Medical, Spokane (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh (Silver)
  • Intensive Care Unit, Waukesha Memorial Hospital (Silver)


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