Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Recognized for Nursing Excellence

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) became the only unit of its kind in Texas recognized by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) with a Silver Beacon Award.

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 Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that earn this three-year, three-level award with a Gold, Silver, or Bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“As we work to establish The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio as a world-class freestanding Children’s Hospital, we must pause and acknowledge the exceptional care provided by our nurses and physicians,” said Elias Neujahr, President of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “The PICU is where children are facing life-threatening illnesses or injuries. It’s an honor to be recognized among the very best in providing this level of care.”

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital earned the Silver Beacon Award designation by meeting the following evidence-based criteria:

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

The Children’s Hospital PICU joins Intensive Care Units from CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center, New Braunfels, and Westover Hills in being honored with this distinguished award.

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