Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Intensive care units at both of Gwinnett Medical Center's campuses were recently honored with national awards for excellence.
The units at GMC's Duluth and Lawrenceville campuses were both given silver-level Beacon Awards for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award was created in 2003 "to spotlight units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care," officials said.
Of the nearly 6,000 critical care units nationwide, only 121 have been recognized as Beacon Award Winners.
"The Beacon Award provides the community with a benchmark comparison when seeking quality medical care," GMC chief nursing officer Carol Danielson said. "From a clinical perspective, the Beacon Award provides critical care nurses national industry standards and helps set goals while attracting top talent."
Under the scoring system for a Beacon Award, units receive points for leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and engagement; effective communication; knowledge management and best practices; evidence-based practices and processes; and patient outcomes.
GMC-Lawrenceville was also recognized in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The recent honor was the first for GMC-Duluth.