Exeter Hospitals' Intensive Care Unit receives Silver-Level Beacon Award
about 1 year ago
Exeter, NH - Congrats to the staff and providers of Exeter Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), who once again received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)! This is their fourth silver Beacon Award — an exceptional achievement, given the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. “Our ICU nurses, providers, and support staff are at the front lines of the pandemic, consistently providing safe, outstanding care to patients who are very ill due to COVID or other medical conditions,” says Donna McKinney, Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Acute Care Services. “They should be extremely proud of this honor and we thank them for their continued dedication during these challenging times.”
Exeter is one of only two hospitals in New Hampshire that currently holds a Beacon Award three-year designation, which means our ICU has met national criteria consistent with Magnet™ Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award. “Exeter’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU) has also received Silver Beacon Awards in the past,” Donna says. “Not only is this an exceptional accomplishment for the staff of both units, it is also a testament to the incredible care we provide to our most critically ill patients.” The Beacon Award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with the AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards: skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision-making, appropriate staffing, meaningful recognition, and authentic leadership. The Award also signifies Exeter’s commitment to meeting evidenced -based criteria for continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care.