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Hospital receives Silver Beacon Award for Excellence 

Twin Cities Community Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Definitive Observation Unit nursing staff were awarded a Silver-Level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) during a presentation ceremony at the hospital this morning. Pictured from left to right: Director of Critical Care Sheila McMillan RN, Joanne Purdue RN, Jo BC Harvey RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist Cynthia Kellerman RN, Dondi Haas RN, Julieta Stallman RN, Cindy Frey RN, Chief Nursing Officer Carol Howland RN MSN CNE BC and student nurses (in white) Paige Cameron, Fahey Wolf.

Twin Cities Community Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Definitive Observation Unit nursing staff were awarded a Silver-Level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) during a presentation ceremony at the hospital this week. Pictured from left to right: Director of Critical Care Sheila McMillan RN, Joanne Purdue RN, Jo BC Harvey RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist Cynthia Kellerman RN, Dondi Haas RN, Julieta Stallman RN, Cindy Frey RN, Chief Nursing Officer Carol Howland RN MSN CNE BC and student nurses (in white) Paige Cameron, Fahey Wolf.

beacon-logo-blu-1b[1]Twin Cities Community Hospital announces that its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Definitive Observation Unit have received the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) last month.

A significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments, the Beacon award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year (2014-2017), 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 silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for Twin Cities Community Hospital signifies that the departments demonstrated continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The departments earned silver by meeting criteria in five categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development and best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement.

“Twin Cities earned bronze awards in the last two cycles of the review cycle,” says Twin Cities Community Hospital CEO Mark Lisa. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see that our hard work on behalf of our patients is leading to higher quality awards. We are going for the gold in 2017!”

AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at Twin Cities’ for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence, “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 role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” she explains.

For further information about the Beacon Award for Excellence, visit www.aacn.org/beacon.

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