SICU Wins Beacon Award

August 18, 2011 - Surgery Services is proud to announce that the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) received the Beacon Award for Excellence at the bronze level by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Nurse Manager Christa Williams, along with CN IVs Darla Topley and Elizabeth Lemmon, led the effort with the SICU Beacon Champions (Rose Ann Bobak, Pam Choquette, Maureen Heck, Susan Jones, Elizabeth Lemmon, Robert Smailes and Bryan White).

The award is specifically designated to recognize the nation’s top pediatric, progressive, and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals. The recognition itself is priceless, as it represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.

The Beacon Award requires success in the following areas, as measured again evidence-based national criteria:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Education, training and mentoring
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Patient outcomes
  • Leadership and organizational ethics
  • Healing environment


Congratulations to the entire SICU team on this very significant accomplishment!

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