UNC Hospitals receives more AACN Beacon Awards than any other hospital

In 2015, three units at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, received Gold-level Beacon Awards and three received Silver. With the addition of these units, the hospital now has seven Beacon-recognized units. The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds top hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes and that align those practices with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes 130 hospital units nationwide with Beacon Award for ExcellenceBeacon Award for Excellence lauds top hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient, family outcomes and align those practices with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Feb. 4, 2016 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recognizes 130 units from 105 hospitals nationwide that earned the Beacon Award for Excellence between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015. (View recipient list.)

The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. The Beacon Award provides Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes. Recognition continues for three years.

Beacon-designated units meet criteria in five categories that are consistent with criteria for national awards, including Magnet recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and National Quality Forum's Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. Units that receive the award demonstrate practices that align with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards.

Recipients of a Gold-level Beacon Award demonstrate staff-driven excellence in sustained unit performance and improved patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks. Silver-level recipients demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Bronze-level awardees demonstrate success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes.

In 2015, three units at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, received Gold-level Beacon Awards and three received Silver. With the addition of these units, the hospital now has seven Beacon-recognized units.

“We see the Beacon Award as recognition of the excellent experience provided to patients, families and our nurses,” said Mary Tonges, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, UNC Hospitals’ senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “For patients and families, it’s recognition of exceptional care, which involves both excellent clinical quality and an excellent patient experience. For nurses, it means providing an environment that supports the excellent care they provide while also supporting their own workplace well-being.”

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