The pulmonary renal unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange received the
Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association for Critical-Care
Nurses (AACN). The award is a milestone showcasing the unit’s exceptional
patient care and healthy work environment.
The hospital’s pulmonary renal unit is a 32-bed progressive care
unit that treats patients who are acutely or chronically ill with lung
conditions, kidney disease or other illnesses. The silver-level award
means unit staff is continuously learning and achieving optimal patient care.
“We are honored to be recognized by the AACN and extremely proud
of our pulmonary renal team for the outstanding care they provide each
day,” says Jeremy S. Zoch, PhD, MHA, FACHE, chief executive of St.
Joseph Hospital. “Achievements such as the Beacon Award for Excellence
reflect the commitment of our entire team to maintaining excellence while
continually improving the care we provide our patients.”
AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, applauds the commitment
of the caregivers in the pulmonary renal 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.
Only four hospitals in Orange County have earned a Beacon Award from the
AACN, and this designation marks the second time a nursing unit at St.
Joseph Hospital has been recognized. In February of this year, the hospital’s
medical telemetry unit earned the AACN’s Gold Beacon Award for Excellence.
Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence is a national, three-year
award with bronze, silver, and gold-level designations which represent
ongoing efforts to continually improve patient care. As a recipient, St.
Joseph Hospital’s pulmonary renal unit earned distinction in the
following areas, as measured against AACN’s evidence-based national
criteria: appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication,
knowledge management, and learning and development; evidence-based practice
and processes; and outcome measurement.