Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Receives Gold-Level Beacon Award for Excellence
ATLANTA – January 30, 2013 – The Michael P. Fisher Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston received the Gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, a national award given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Children’s is currently the only hospital in Georgia with a unit that has been awarded a gold-level Beacon Award.
“We strive to provide exceptional patient care and are dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow,’ said Carolyn Kenny, chief operating officer at Children’s. “We are proud our CICU is serving as a role model to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”
The award, which is active for a three-year period, commends hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. Recipients of a Gold Beacon Award demonstrate excellence in sustained unit performance and patient outcomes.
This was the first time the Children’s CICU applied for the award. It is now one of four active gold-level pediatric cardiac intensive care units in the country.
The CICU at Children’s specializes in caring for the most critically ill infants, children and teens with congenital and acquired heart disease. A 27-bed unit, it is one of the largest dedicated pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units in the Southeast.
The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment — 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 Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.
About the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University
The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia.
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Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013