Roslyn — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has given a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence to the MICU 2 at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center.

The award, which marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment, recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six standards for a healthy work environment. Units that achieve the top-tier, three-year designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award. This is the second gold-level Beacon Award the Hospital has received. The CTICU at St. Francis earned the award previously.

“We are pleased to receive yet another highly coveted national award that reflects our excellence in nursing care,” says Ann Cella, Senior VP of Patient Care Services and CNO at St. Francis Hospital. “Our nurses continue to earn top honors, but our patients are the real winners.”

AACN President Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at the MICU 2 of St. Francis Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“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 a role model to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” she explained.