Paoli Hospital ICU receives Gold Level Beacon Award

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Intensive Care Unit at Paoli Hospital has been designated a Gold Level Beacon Award winner. This accomplishment represents one of many significant milestones on the unit's journey to optimal outcomes and exceptional patient care. There are only 16 units in Pennsylvania that received Beacon Awards and out of those, only three, including Paoli Hospital, have been designated gold.

“I am so proud of the work our ICU team does day in and day out providing a superior experience for our sickest patients,” said Jan Nash, Vice President, Patient Services, at Paoli Hospital. “I am pleased to see them be recognized publicly and professionally for their accomplishments and feel honored to be their nurse leader.”

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) created the Beacon Award to recognize individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

The gold-level designation signifies excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes by meeting the following criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

About Paoli Hospital

Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. Paoli has been ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Philadelphia Metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” rankings for excellence in the care of patients with COPD and heart failure. Paoli is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” and Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals® for providing superior patient care, and has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. For more information about Paoli Hospital, visit

Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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Cell: 484.222.9154

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