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Posted Sep 24, 2017 at 3:01 AM
Progressive Care Unit at Exeter Hospital wins Silver Beacon Award for Excellence
EXETER - The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) at Exeter Hospital.
The Beacon Award for Excellence -- a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments -- recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. This is the second Beacon Award received by the PCU. Two years ago, Exeter Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was also awarded a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence. Exeter Hospital is currently the only hospital in New Hampshire to hold a Beacon Award.
“We are honored that our Progressive Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit have consistently received Beacon Awards,” said Susan Burns-Tisdale, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Nurse Executive. “These awards along with our Magnet designation are truly an accomplishment, and are recognition of our staff’s everyday dedication to outstanding patient care and outcomes.”
AACN President Christine Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, applauds the commitment of the caregivers in the PCU at Exeter Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of our exceptional community of nurses, who set the standard for optimal patient care.
“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” she explained.