American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes the Progressive Care Unit at Exeter Hospital with gold Beacon Award for Excellence

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) at Exeter Hospital.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.  Last year, Exeter Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was awarded a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence.  Exeter is one of only two hospitals in New Hampshire to receive a Beacon award, and the only hospital in the state to achieve two Beacon awards.

“We are honored to receive a second Beacon award,” said Susan Burns-Tisdale, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations.  “This award, along with our Magnet designation, are recognition of our staff’s everyday dedication to outstanding patient care.”

AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at the PCU at Exeter Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“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.