Critical Care Units that have been recognized with a Beacon Award for Excellence achieve:

Influence and Recognition

Units that apply for Beacon Award recognition set the standard for excellence in acute and critical care environments by collecting evidence-based information.

Patient safety and quality programs, such as the Leapfrog Group Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, regard the Beacon Award as a significant achievement in their evaluation process.

Recruitment and Retention

Prospective employees consider the Beacon Award an indicator of a healthy work environment and a place where quality of care is tied directly to quality of staff.

Nurses who work in these units know their skill and expertise are appreciated and valued. This, in turn, boosts employee morale.


Consumers, who pay much closer attention to quality of care when making decisions about their healthcare, take this level of recognition into consideration when choosing a hospital for treatment.

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