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
Hospital. “I am pleased to see them be recognized publicly and
professionally for their accomplishments and feel honored to be their
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
Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Level II Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. In 2012, Paoli Hospital was named for the fourth time among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. It was one of only 20 medium-sized community hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Pennsylvania to make the list in this category. Paoli was named among US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for the Philadelphia metro area for excellence in four specialties including gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics, and urology and is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” for providing outstanding patient care and maintaining operational efficiency. Paoli is one of only three percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® Designation twice for its superior nursing staff. For more information about Paoli Hospital, visit mainlinehealth.org/paoli.
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