Holy Family Hospital ICU Receives Beacon Award for Excellence

Spokane, WA—The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Providence Holy Family Hospital.

Beacon Award for Excellence—a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments—recognizes Holy Family’s ICU caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve 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 award is a testament to the hard work, dedication and compassion exhibited by the caregivers in the Holy Family ICU every day. It is one more indication of the level of care and commitment to quality that is embraced by the ICU team,” says Peg Currie, Chief Operating Officer for Providence Holy Family Hospital and Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by Holy Family signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Holy Family’s ICU earned its silver 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

AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at Providence Holy Family Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. “These dedicated health care professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care,” explains Wiencek.

“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,” Wiencek adds.

Other Beacon Award designations include bronze and gold. Recipients who earned a bronze-level award show success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes; gold-level awardees demonstrate excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes.