Cardiac Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence

For immediate release: April 07, 2009


Bill Seiler

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Nursing group's honor goes to top intensive care units in the United States

The University of Maryland Medical Center's Cardiac Care Unit has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes the top intensive care units in the country.

To receive the award, intensive care units must meet rigorous criteria for excellence, exhibiting high-quality standards and exceptional care for patients and their families while fostering and sustaining healthy work environments. The units are evaluated on 42 criteria in six categories: patient outcomes; evidence-based practice and research; leadership and organizational ethics; excellence and innovation in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; and promoting healing environments.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our Cardiac Care Unit and reflects the hard work and dedication of nurses in the unit who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” says Lisa Rowen, D.N.S.C, R.N., senior vice president of patient care services and Chief Nursing Officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “We are very pleased -- but not surprised -- that this unit has received this well-deserved national recognition,” she adds.

"Excellent nursing care is the foundation for excellence in cardiac care. Our Cardiac Care Unit nurses exemplify that high standard and we are extremely proud of them for this accomplishment. The Beacon Award places the University of Maryland Medical Center in the top tier of hospitals that provide the highest standards of nursing professionalism,” says Mandeep R. Mehra, M.B.B.S., chief of cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and professor and head of cardiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

There are an estimated 6,000 intensive care units in the Untied States. The AACN has given the Beacon Award to only 186 pediatric and adult critical care units since the award's inception in 2003, including this new group of winners. The AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing more than 400,000 nurses who work with critically ill patients.


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