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Riddle Hospital's ICU receives 2017 Silver-level Beacon Award

Riddle Hospital July 19, 2017 News Releases

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has bestowed the 2017 Silver Beacon Award on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health. This award was created by the AACN to recognize individual nursing care units that distinguish themselves in the care of patients and their families. The units who are recognized by this award demonstrate exceptional care through improved outcomes and overall satisfaction.

Beacon Award winners are examples of supportive work environments and tremendous collaboration between peers, colleagues and leaders. The three-year award (2017–20) recognizes caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards.

“The Beacon Award is one of the most respected awards among the nursing profession, and is a direct reflection of our ICU staff’s superior patient outcomes,” said Rosi Wurster, vice president of patient care services, Riddle Hospital. “The ICU staff has worked together diligently to provide a superior experience in every facet of patient care.”

Recipients of a Silver Beacon Award demonstrate excellence in sustained unit performance and patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks. Each unit earned their award by meeting the following evidence-based criteria:

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

Other Main Line Health Silver Beacon Award recipients are: Lankenau Medical Center’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU); Bryn Mawr Hospital’s ICU and Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU); and Paoli Hospital’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU). Paoli Hospital’s ICU is a recipient of the Gold Beacon Award.

For information about the Beacon Award program, visit

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 Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was 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 specialty area of orthopedics. Riddle Hospital was also ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The Hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED-Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.


Bridget Therriault
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