ICU/Telemetry Unit at CMC/DHK earns silver 2012 Beacon Award

February 14, 2012
Keene, NH

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the ICU/Telemetry Unit at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK).

The Beacon Award 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 and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

"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" says AACN President Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, ACNS_BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN.

The ICU/Telemetry Unit at CMC/DHK was the only one to earn this award in New Hampshire and accomplished this by meeting the following evidence-based criteria:
  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development, Best Practices
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Patient Outcomes
AACN honors the ICU/Telemetry Unit at CMC/DHK and other Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in AACN Bold Voices, a monthly award-winning member magazine, and at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world's largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

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