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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes Lowell General Hospital with Beacon Award for Excellence

Beacon Award for Excellence honors top hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient, family outcomes and align those practices with AACN's Healthy Work Environment Standards

June 14, 2013 - Lowell, MA – Lowell General Hospital was recently 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.

AACN President Kathryn Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, praised the exemplary efforts of the unit caregivers who achieved the Beacon Award for Excellence. "The caregivers in these units are healthcare professionals committed to the best in patient care," Roberts said.

The recipients of this designation are extraordinary groups that work together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. Almost 100 units met the stringent criteria for the Beacon Award for Excellence in the last year which shows the commitment level of caregivers.

About Lowell General Hospital

Lowell General Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities. With two primary campuses located in Lowell, Massachusetts, the hospital offers the latest state-of-the-art technology and a full range of medical and surgical services for patients, from newborns to seniors. For more information about the new Lowell General or for hospital updates, please visit www.lowellgeneral.org.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence

Established 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. To learn more, visit www.aacn.org/beacon or call (800) 899-2226.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization's vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme.

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2013 Beacon AwardsPHOTO CAPTION: Staff members from the Lowell General Hospital
Intensive Care Unit were honored as silver-level recipients of the
Beacon Award for Excellence at the American Association of Critical-Care
Nurses' National Teaching Institute
& Critical Care Exposition in Boston.

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