AACN recognizes Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler With Silver Beacon Award - CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

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Published on July 20, 2018

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Recognizes Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler With Silver Beacon Award for Excellence

National three-year award with gold, silver, bronze designations marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment

 

Tyler, TX – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler.

 

The Beacon Award for Excellence – a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments – 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 a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

 

“The Beacon Award for Excellence is a distinguished award that recognizes ICUs that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes, as well as recognizes the contributions that our nurses make to their patients and to their work environment,” said Ginger King, RN, BSN, MSN, CEN, Clinical Director of the MICU/SICU/IMC. “Over the last three years, our unit has worked hard on establishing and sustaining a healthy work environment through efforts made to link a healthy work environment with patient safety, nurse retention and recruitment. I am extremely proud of the culture of respect, trust and safety they have created and for which they are now being recognized.”

 

AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

 

“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,” she explains.

 

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

 

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

 

“The Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler­ has achieved this honor by focusing on providing safe, effective, compassionate care to our patients and their families,” said Shelly Welch, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler. “Our efforts are focused toward the vision of CHRISTUS Health to be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love.”

 

AACN honors the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler and other Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000 acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees 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.

 

“This award is an indication of a prolonged period of exceptional quality at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System,” said Jason Proctor, Chief Operating Officer, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler and the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler. “This recognition of the hard work and dedication of the Med-Surg ICU team is a direct result of the efforts to create an environment in which our patients receive truly exceptional and compassionate care and is a testament to our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Reviewed by WK on July 20, 2018

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