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Paoli Hospital ICU receives Gold Level Beacon Award

Paoli Hospital August 12, 2013 News Releases

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 Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

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 Hospitals 2016–17, 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.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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