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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Munson Medical Center Heart Center Unit Receives Award

Munson Medical Center Heart Center Unit Receives Award
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Honors A4 Nursing Staff

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on Munson Medical Center’s A4 nursing staff in the Webber Heart Center.

The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit 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 with gold, silver, and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“This represents a significant milestone for our A4 nurses and really reveals for our patients and the community the quality of care they experience from our nursing staff,” said Jim Fischer, RN, vice president of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Munson.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. A4 staff earned the silver award by meeting the following evidence-based criteria:
• Leadership structures and systems
• Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
• Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development, best practices
• Evidence-based practices and processes
• Patient outcomes

A4 is a 38-bed, step-down cardiac monitoring unit which provides care to patients who have cardiac-related illnesses. In addition, patients with other medical diagnoses who require cardiac monitoring may be admitted to the unit.

There are just six other hospital nursing units in Michigan that have achieved a Beacon Award for Excellence.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” said Kathryn E. Roberts, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, president of AACN. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as a role model to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”

More information on the Beacon Award can be found at aacn.org/beacon.