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Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Forbes Hospital one of two PA hospitals to earn national three-year Beacon Award for Excellence

Friday, June 14, 2019

PITTSBURGH, Pa– The Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) at Forbes Hospital is one of two hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania to be awarded a three-year, bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that earn this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

This is the second time the Forbes team has received the award in the past several years.

The bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the CTICU at Forbes Hospital signifies success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes. The CTICU earned a bronze award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

“Excellent work environments allow nurses to be their best, ultimately leading to better outcomes for patients,” said Claire Zangerle, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Executive, Allegheny Health Network. “Compassionate, patient-focused care is at the center of everything we do, and I am so proud of our nurses who join the exceptional community of Beacon Award caregivers and are setting the standard for optimal patient care.”
AACN honors the CTICU at Forbes Hospital and other Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000 acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.
“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,” Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, President, AACN, explained. Wiencek applauded the commitment of the caregivers at the CTICU at Forbes Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.