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