South Shore Hospital’s Critical Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Excellence
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently granted a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence to the Richard and Joann Aubut Critical Care Unit (CCU) at South Shore Hospital.
This is the third consecutive award for the CCU and its team of caregivers.
The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. The award provides gold, silver, and bronze levels of recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, and patient care and outcomes.
Recognition is for a three-year term.
“Every day, our multidisciplinary team strives for positive outcomes driven by the needs of our patients and their families,” said Dilip Nataraj, MD, Chair of Critical Care Medicine at South Shore Health, the parent company of South Shore Hospital. “We are grateful for this recognition and will continue to remain focused on providing safe, quality care with the best possible experience to those we are privileged to serve.”
As a Beacon of Excellence recipient, South Shore Hospital’s CCU was evaluated and measured in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; research and evidence-based practice; patient outcomes; leadership and organizational ethics; and creation of a healthy work environment.
The Aubut CCU, which opened in 2017, features a highly-skilled, interdisciplinary team that cares for patients with significant injuries, complex illnesses, or for those who are recovering from major surgery.
The CCU features 24 spacious private rooms that accommodate the sophisticated technology required to save and sustain lives.
“I am so proud of our team for continuing to meet the needs of our sickest patients, especially during the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nancy Ahearn, RN, nurse manager of the CCU. “To receive this honor repeatedly, underscores our team’s immense dedication to delivering high-quality care to the patients in our community and to each other.”
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, with more than 130,000 members and over 200 chapters in the United States. For more than 50 years, it has been dedicated to acute and critical care nursing excellence.