Press Release

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Recognizes Mercy's ICU

July 16th, 2015

Rockville Centre, NY – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently presented a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence to Mercy Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.

The Beacon Award for Excellence—a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments—recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that earn this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“Our nurses play a vital role in providing care in an environment devoted to compassion and top quality," said Beth Vlahavas RN, MSN, Mercy's vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “We are very proud of this great designation.”

AACN President Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at Mercy for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated health care professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” she explained.

Mercy is a recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence® designation. For the second consecutive year, Mercy was ranked as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, based on an aggregation of 2013 data. Also, the hospital was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In addition, in recognition of its ongoing commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, Mercy earned its third consecutive Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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