The medical surgical intermediate care unit at Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital received the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award highlights the unit’s exceptional patient care and healthy work environments.
“I’m extremely proud of the commitment to excellence our nurses have for our patients.” says Derek Curtis Sr., DNP, MA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, associate administrator and chief nursing officer, LBJ Hospital. “It’s truly our frontline nurses making the difference in nursing practice evidenced by their dedication to patient safety, healthy work environment and positive patient outcomes.”
The silver-level Beacon Award means unit staff is continuously learning and achieving optimal patient based on the following criteria:
• Leadership Structures and Systems
• Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
• Effective Communications, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
• Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
• Outcome Measurement
“The Beacon Award is a testament to our team’s dedication to improving processes and ensuring we provide the best care to each of our patients,” says Jessica Adams, MSN, RN, NE-BC, nursing clinical manager. “Our team continuously works to improve every aspect of patient care.”
AACN President Lisa Riggs, MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN-K, applauds the commitment of the team for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award.
“The Beacon Award 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 explains.
Harris Health has a combined three Beacon awards at LBJ Hospital and Harris Health’s Ben Taub Hospital.
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