“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” said Vicki Good, AACN president. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others.”
The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. The SICU at John Sealy Hospital achieved the gold standard by meeting evidence-based criteria in leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement.
“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition,” said David Marshall, Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer for UTMB Health System. “For patients and their families, the gold Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For critical care nurses, a gold Beacon Award can mean a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.”
In 2012, UTMB received Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association. Only a small percentage of hospitals in the United States have earned this distinction.
“It is important to remember that this recognition is for both nursing excellence and quality patient care,” Marshall said. “Magnet recognition also means that UTMB is a magnet for the best and the brightest nurses.”