University Unit Nationally Recognized for Quality Care

AUGUSTA, Ga. June 15, 2017 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) in Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on University Hospital’s Cardiovascular 3 Unit. University Hospital is the only hospital in our region to receive recognition from the AACN for quality care.

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 silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by Cardiovascular 3 at University Hospital signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The unit 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

AACN honors University Hospital’s Cardiovascular 3 Unit at 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.

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