The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. This three-year award (2011-2014) recognizes that Twin Cities Community Hospital meets national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
AACN President Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers in the Critical Care Unit at Twin Cities Community Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. “The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” she explains.
The bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the Critical Care Unit at Twin Cities Community Hospital signifies success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes. The Critical Care Unit at Twin Cities Community Hospital earned a bronze award by meeting criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development and best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes.
Sheila McMillan, RN, CCRN and Director of Critical Care Services at Twin Cities Community Hospital says, “We have succeeded in receiving the Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time because of our staff’s hard work and commitment to giving our patients the best care possible. I appreciate each and every one of our nurses for their dedication to our Critical Care Department.”
For further information about the Beacon Award for Excellence, please visit www.aacn.org/
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Twin Cities Community Hospital, part of Tenet California, is a 114-bed acute care hospital at 1100 Las Tablas Road in Templeton. Since opening in 1977, Twin Cities has provided personalized quality patient care as the cornerstone of its operating philosophy. Twin Cities’ new patient tower, opened in fall 2007, provides 30 new private rooms for obstetrics, intensive and telemetry care patients, and 23 ER suites, including three trauma rooms.