Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital issued the following announcement on Feb. 4.
The tele-intensive care unit (ICU) program at AMITA Health was recently honored with a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).
According to the AACN, the Beacon Award for Excellence is "a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments" that recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. The recognition is bestowed for a three-year period.
Recipients of the bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence have developed systematic policies, processes and procedures; identified opportunities for staff participation and recognized the need to develop cycles of evaluation and improvement. Honorees meet the following evidence-based criteria:
Leadership Structures and Systems
Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, and Learning and Development
Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
"We're extremely proud of our tele-ICU team," said Laura Dunlap-Messineo, vice president, Telehealth Services for AMITA Health. "Their dedication and collaboration with our hospital ICU bedside teams is transforming the delivery of ICU care across our system. This distinguished award reflects the excellent clinical care brought to our most vulnerable patients."
"Receiving a Beacon Award for Excellence demonstrates a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families," said AACN President Megan Brunson. "Creating healthy and supportive work environments empowers nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution."
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