Lawrenceville, Ga. (February 18, 2019) – The Gwinnett Medical Center – Lawrenceville Intensive Care Unit received a Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). This prominent award provides three levels of recognition, with GMC-Lawrenceville receiving the silver level as a sixth-time recipient.
The Beacon Award nationally recognizes intensive care units based on their ability to optimize patients’ outcomes through their caregivers and aligns practices within ACCN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units are judged on staff communication, leadership structure, outcome measurements, evidence-based practices and knowledge management, including competency and professional growth and development.
“This award signifies the exceptional care and dedication provided by our highly skilled critical care nurses,” says Pam Garland, chief nursing officer of GMC. “For our community, it is reaffirmation that we continuing to care for patients in a safe and qualified environment. We are proud of this accomplishment and the role we play in serving others.”
“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in individual units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes every facet of patient care,” says AACN President Christine Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”
In addition, the GMC-Duluth intensive care unit also received a Beacon Award for Excellence as a gold level designation. This unit is a three-time recipient and one of only four units in the state to currently hold gold level status. These achievement reflect GMC’s dedication and commitment to providing quality, safety and an exceptional level of care.