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Cardiac Cath Lab and Ambulatory Care Unit at St. Francis Receive Beacon Silver Awards for Nursing Excellence

September 15th, 2016

ROSLYN, NY – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has given the Beacon Silver Award to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) at St. Francis Hospital. This latest recognition for nursing excellence brings the total number of Beacon Awards to four for the hospital. Two intensive care units, the CTICU and SICU have Gold-level Beacon Awards. The MICU 2 recently received a Silver-level award.

The Beacon Award for Excellence is a national three-year award with gold, silver and bronze designations that mark significant milestones on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment. It recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align their practices with the AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this recognition meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“The nurses in our Cardiac Cath Lab and ACU consistently strive to provide the very best in patient care. To be recognized yet again with this prestigious award, along with Magnet and our other national recognitions, is a true testament to our nurses’ commitment to always put patients first,” said St. Francis's Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer Ann Cella, MA, MEd, RN, NEA-BC.

Only three Beacon Awards have been given to Cath Labs across the nation. St. Francis Hospital’s Cath Lab/ACU is the only one to have Beacon recognition in Nassau County.

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