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Beacon Award of Excellence

Lowell General Hospital's ICU unit honored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

AACN Beacon Award of Excellence logoEstablished in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. U.S. or Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development and best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes.

In 2013, Lowell General Hospital was awarded a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) at the organization's National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Boston. The AACN recognized 98 units from 78 hospitals nationwide that earned the Beacon Award for Excellence. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses presents this national award with gold, silver and bronze designations that mark a specific type of achievement within a healthcare organization.

This designation is a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment. This award allows caregivers to be recognized for their services that positively affect and improve patient outcomes proven by evidence-based practices. The ICU at Lowell General Hospital exemplifies excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes. Receiving this award is a great honor and product of Lowell General Hospital's promise to deliver Complete connected careSM to its community.

Silver-level recipients, such as Lowell General Hospital's ICU, demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Beacon-designated units meet evidence-based practice criteria in five categories that are consistent with criteria for national awards, including Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and National Quality Healthcare Award. Units that receive the Beacon designation demonstrate practices that align with AACN's Healthy Work Environment Standards for optimal care.

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