St. Joe's takes second award for critical care excellence

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center today announced it has won a second Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. This time, its Surgical Intensive Care Unit has won. The hospital's Medical Intensive Care Unit has received the award two years in a row.

The Beacon Award places St. Joseph's ICUs among the top ICUs in New York State, as well as the nation and the only ICUs in Central New York to win the award. Only 120 ICUs, out of approximately 6,000 across the country, have received the award.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) awards the Beacon to critical care units that achieve the highest quality patient outcomes possible, and demonstrate excellence and innovation in patient care. The AACN evaluates units on criteria, including recruitment and retention, leadership and organizational ethics, education, training and mentoring, and evidence-based practice.

"Along with our Magnet designation for nursing excellence, the Beacon Award is the highest achievement possible for an intensive care unit," said AnneMarie Czyz, RN, vice president for clinical services at St. Joseph's. "I'm proud of our all of our ICU staff for continuously striving to be the best at all they do for our patients."

"The Beacon Award reviewers told us ours was a 'truly exceptional application,'" said Robert Chapman, RN, manager of St. Joseph's SICU. "They said they enjoyed reading our stories of constant improvement and the staff members' pride in their unit was evident."

St. Joseph's SICU is a 21-bed unit that cares for post-surgical and critically-ill patients. The team is committed to improving the quality of critical care and patient safety through the application of evidenced-based research. For more information on St. Joseph's programs and services, call the Resource Line at 315-703-2138 or 1-888-STJOES1.

About AACN

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (www.aacn.org) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses. Its international headquarters are located in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Founded in 1969, the association has more than 240 chapters worldwide and is working toward a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. Additional information about AACN is available online at www.aacn.org or by calling (800) 899-2226.

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