MAYWOOD, IL – Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) has received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for “providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families."
Gottlieb is one of only 21 patient care units in Illinois, and just 580 in the U.S., that have received a Beacon Award for Excellence, “a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments.” The award provides gold, silver and bronze levels of recognition, for a three-year term.
Beacon Award nominees receive a vigorous peer review of hospital unit processes and standards in the following categories:
- Leadership structures and systems
- Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
- Effective communication, knowledge management and learning development
- Evidence-based practice and processes
- Outcome measurement
“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Cleary, president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, and president of MacNeal Hospital. “Gottlieb’s critical care nurses and ICU team exemplify Loyola Medicine’s commitment to providing compassionate and uncompromising care.”
AACN President Megan Brunson applauded the commitment of the caregivers at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s ICU for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.
“Receiving a Beacon Award for Excellence demonstrates a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families,” says Brunson. “Creating healthy and supportive work environments empower nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution.”
The Gottlieb ICU team will receive the Beacon Award during the AACN 2020 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 4-7, in Indianapolis.
Gottlieb also recently received an ‘A’ for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, for the fourth time in a row.