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Geisinger Medical Center unit wins national award for excellence

CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3248
Dec. 10, 2012

DANVILLE, Pa. – The Acuity Adaptable Critical Care Unit at Geisinger Medical Center’s Hospital for Advanced Medicine (HfAM) recently received the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six standards for a healthy work environment. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“At Geisinger, we strive every day to provide the highest level of care to our patients, and receiving the Beacon Award for Excellence is affirmation that the hard work and dedication of our nurses is paying off and helping our area’s most critical patients,” said Tracy Edelstein, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC, operations manager, Acuity Adaptable Critical Care Unit, GMC. “While we are proud to receive this award, we will continue to improve the care we deliver and strive to enhance the patient experience at Geisinger.”

The six criteria met by the staff at GMC’s HfAM seventh floor include leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, best practices and learning and development; evidenced-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes.

AACN honors winning units with an announcement in its monthly member magazine, AACN Bold Voices, as well at its National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. The Calif.-based AACN was founded in 1969 and is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. Its vision is to create a health care delivery system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

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