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Rhode Island Hospital Unit Earns Beacon Award For Critical Care Excellence


Rhode Island Hospital’s adult cardiothoracic critical care unit has received the most prestigious award possible for critical care nursing, the only adult unit in Rhode Island and the Boston area to be so honored. The Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence® has been given to just 4 percent of the more than 6, 000 critical care units in the United States.

In selecting a recipient, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) measures hospitals in six key areas: commitment to leadership and organization ethics; education, training and mentoring; research and evidence-based practice; patient outcomes; recruitment and retention; and providing a superior healing environment.

“Today's patients are paying much closer attention to quality-of-care factors when making decisions regarding their health care,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island Hospital. “Consumers are demanding excellence, and the Beacon Award demonstrates that Rhode Island Hospital is delivering excellence, by meeting and exceeding national standards in quality-of-care for acutely and critically ill patients.”

The Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence® was created by AACN in 2003 to challenge acute and critical care nurses to improve the care provided to acutely and critically ill patients. Nursing units that participate in the Beacon Award process help set the standards for what constitutes an excellent acute or critical care environment through the collection of evidence-based information.

“Our critical care nurses consistently deliver high-quality care, and this award serves to support that claim,” said Barbara Riley, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “The AACN measures programs and services of hospitals around the country to set the bar for patient care, and Rhode Island Hospital has met the challenge and emerged as a leader in critical care.”