The surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, recently received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. The accolade is given biannually, and recognizes units that demonstrate best practice methods in the areas of professional practice, patient outcomes and the health of the work environment. There are only 14 hospitals in California that have received the award. In April, the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at Sharp Grossmont also received the award.
Recognition by the Beacon Award, created by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, is a rigorous process that evaluates units on six categories that impact patient care and outcomes: recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; research and evidence-based practice; patient outcomes; leadership and organizational ethics; and a healing environment. The award provides the means for critical care units to measure against the highest quality standards based on national criteria. Units that meet or exceed these standards are leaders in critical care nursing.
"Having our SICU and MICU recognized with the Beacon Award demonstrates our dedication to provide the highest quality care to our patients," said Nicole Sevilla-Zeigen, RN, director of critical care. "Nursing excellence is a cornerstone of high-quality healthcare. Our patients experience improved outcomes and increased confidence in our care."