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:
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 Hospitals 2016–2017, and was ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. 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.
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