Valley’s Coronary Care, Cardiac Surgery, and Intermediate Care units received the Gold-Level Beacon Award, the Beacon Award’s highest distinction, and the Intensive Care Unit received the Silver-Level Beacon Award, the second highest distinction. Valley has more critical care units with Gold-Level Beacons than any hospital in the state of New Jersey.
This is the fourth time that Valley’s critical care units have received this prestigious designation.
“We are delighted that all four of our critical care units have once again been recognized with Beacon Awards for Excellence,” said Ann Marie Leichman, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Valley. “For our patient and families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care and acknowledges our nurses for their clinical expertise. It also demonstrates that we provide a positive and supportive work environment.”
Established in 2003, The Beacon Award for Excellence is a three-year designation recognizing top U.S. hospital critical care units that meet standards of excellence in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; research and evidence-based practice; patient outcomes; leadership and organizational ethics; and creation of a healthy work environment.
“The caregivers in these units are healthcare professionals committed to the best in patient care,” said AACN President Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, a clinical nurse specialist at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore. “The continued growth of the Beacon Award program shows the commitment of caregivers and their hospitals to work together to achieve healthy work environments that support excellent care of patients and their families.”