Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital ICU receives Beacon Award for Excellence
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), recently recognized the ICU department at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital with a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence.
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.
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the first Houston Methodist community hospital and one of 16 hospitals in Texas to earn this recognition.
AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, applauds the commitment of the ICU caregivers at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated health care 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 signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care by meeting the following evidence-based 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 the ICU department at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital 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 achievement is a testament to the great ICU caregivers here at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. It has been our goal to work as a team making our patients safe and comfortable,” says Tricia Lewis, director of the ICU. “I am truly honored and proud to work with such a wonderful team.”
To learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit their website at houstonmethodist.org/sugarland.
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