The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently awarded the Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington with the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence. The national award recognizes the hospital for exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment.
The Beacon Award for Excellence 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.
“We know our ICU caregivers are exceptional but being nationally recognized for their consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care to optimize patient outcomes is quite an honor,” said Karen Lambert, President Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. “Our dedicated nursing staff join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.”
The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. The Good Shepherd Hospital Intensive Care Unit earned a gold award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:
* Leadership Structures and Systems
* Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
* Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
* Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
* Outcome Measurement
AACN honors Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000 acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit AdvocateHealth.com/gshp.
About the Author
Erin Abbey is the public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington where she works on getting the word out about hospital news and accomplishments as well as community events and activities.
Erin recently relocated from Chicago to the northwest suburbs where she lives with her husband, two young daughters and her dog Kallie. When she’s not at work, Erin enjoys exploring new restaurants, practicing yoga and pilates, reading as much as possible and attempting to keep up with all the news on social media.
She is also the author of our 365 Barrington Health Beat series focused on advice from area physicians, the latest medical news and trends toward better health in and around Barrington.