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Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit receives second AACN Silver-Level Beacon Award for Excellence

Main Line Health April 2, 2015 News Releases

(Bryn Mawr, PA) – The Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU) of Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health, received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) 2015 silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time. The three-year award (2015–18) recognizes caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. The NCICU is one of only 12 critical care units in Pennsylvania and one of 24 in the United States to receive the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence this year.

“It’s an honor for the NCICU to receive their second Beacon Award, and it is a true reflection of the hard work provided by our skilled and dedicated nursing staff,” said Marianne Harkin, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Bryn Mawr Hospital. “The staff consistently works as a team to ensure that providing evidence-based, superior care is their top priority.”

To win this award, the NCICU met national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and National Quality Healthcare Award. The silver-level award is based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership structures and systems
  • Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
  • Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development
  • Evidence-based practice and processes
  • Patient outcomes

The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds North American hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. Silver-level recipients demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s ICU received the silver-level Beacon Award for 2013–16, Lankenau Medical Centers’ Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) and ICU units received the silver-level Beacon Award for 2012–15, Paoli Hospital’s ICU received the gold-level award for 2013–16, and Riddle Hospital’s ICU received the gold-level award for 2014–17.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients.

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.

Main Line Health 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, King of Prussia 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 and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. 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.