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St. Joseph Hospital Medical Telemetry Department Recognized with the Gold Beacon Award for Excellence

02/23/2018
St. Joseph Hospital Medical Telemetry Department Recognized with the Gold Beacon Award for Excellence

National three-year award with gold, silver, bronze designations marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment.

ORANGE, CALIF. (Feb. 22, 2018) — The medical telemetry unit at St. Joseph Hospital was recently awarded the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, the highest achievable designation from the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). One of only eight hospitals in California to reach gold-level recognition, St. Joseph Hospital is also the only adult acute-care facility in Orange County area to hold this award.

Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence is a national three-year, three-level award with bronze, silver, and gold designations, which represent ongoing efforts to continually improve patient care. The gold-level designation, achieved by the hospital’s medical telemetry unit, recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with the AACN’s evidence-based criteria: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, and learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement.

“We are incredibly proud of the exemplary team on our medical telemetry unit for achieving this honor,” says Jeremy Zoch, PhD, MHA, FACHE, chief executive of St. Joseph Hospital. “This award is not only a testament to our exceptional caregivers, but also to the deep commitment of our care team to providing our patients with the highest quality of care each day.”

AACN President Christine Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, applauds the commitment of the caregivers in the medical telemetry unit at St. Joseph Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the award. “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.

Units that earn the Beacon Award for Excellence designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

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. and 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, and learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. 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, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 200 chapters in the United States. 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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