Pediatric ICU at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital recognized with gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently awarded a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence to the Pediatric ICU at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, part of Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

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 the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“I commend the work of our pediatric ICU nurses and team members,” Ellen Angelo, chief nursing officer, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, said. “The gold-level Beacon Award is a welcomed confirmation of the compassionate, exceptional care they provide our youngest patients and community.”

AACN President Terry Davis applauds the exemplary efforts of the Pediatric ICU caregivers at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.

“These dedicated health care professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care,” Davis said. “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.”

The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies an effective and systematic approach to policies, procedures and processes that include engagement of staff and key stakeholders; fact-based evaluation strategies for continuous process improvement; and performance measures that meet or exceed relevant benchmarks.

The Pediatric ICU team earned the gold award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems;
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement;
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning and Development;
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes;
  • Outcome Measurement.

“K. Hovnanian’s Pediatric ICU is only the second in our state to receive gold-level, one of only 13 Pediatric ICUs in the U.S. to receive gold-level, and, add to that, just 13 ICUs in our state’s 72 acute care hospitals have achieved gold-level Beacon Awards. In light of the rarity of this recognition, the dedication and expertise shown by the Pediatric ICU team is absolutely remarkable and deserves celebration,” Dr. Kenneth N. Sable, regional president, Southern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health, said.

Four other Hackensack Meridian hospitals’ intensive care units have received silver awards, including Hackensack University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Old Bridge Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center. Recipients who earn a silver-level award demonstrate an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that include engagement of staff and key stakeholders; evaluation and improvement strategies; and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks.