The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently granted a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence to MetroWest Medical Center’s intensive care unit.
MetroWest Medical Center is one of six hospitals in Massachusetts to receive a Beacon Award for Excellence.
“It’s a sense of accomplishment,” said Kimberly Kelley, director of critical care at MWMC. “Now, everyone knows how awesome we are.”
The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — 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.
The bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the ICU at MetroWest Medical Center signifies success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes. This award was earned by meeting Beacon Award for Excellence criteria for Leadership Structures and Systems; Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement; Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development; Evidence-Based Practice and Processes; and Outcome Measurement.