VIDEO: Cardiothoracic ICU receives the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence

The Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU) has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for the second time!

This award requires success in the following areas, as measured again evidence-based national criteria:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Education, training and mentoring
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Patient outcomes
  • Leadership and organizational ethics
  • Healing environment


"It is the day-to-day actions and teamwork in the CTICU that have contributed to making the Beacon award a reality again," said Deirdre Maisano, RN, BSN, CTICU nurse manager. "It is only thanks to everyone on the CTICU team that this is possible."

Out of an estimated 6,000 Intensive Care units in the United States, there have been only 315 units recognized for excellence with the Beacon Award, and of those, only 52 units have achieved the award more than once.

Congrats and thanks to everyone in the CTICU for your excellent work and care!