WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 6, 2014) – White Plains Hospital's Intensive Care Unit has been awarded the Beacon Award of Excellence - Silver Designation by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).
The Beacon Award for Excellence Recognizes and Acclaims Acute and Critical Care Nursing Units that Achieve the Highest-Quality Outcomes.
The award also provides a mechanism for individual units to measure progress against evidence-based, national criteria for excellence, learn and refine processes and be heralded for their achievements. Applicants are rated on factors including nurse recruitment and retention, staff training, patient outcomes, healthy work environments, leadership and evidence-based practice and research. The Beacon Award is presented twice a year and is available for Critical Care, Progressive Care and Pediatric Critical Care units. The Intensive Care Unit at White Plains Hospital is one of 11 New York State Hospitals to have achieved this recognition.
Leigh Anne McMahon, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at White Plains Hospital said, “I want to congratulate our ICU team as this is truly a reflection on their exceptional commitment to our patients and to our organization. This is a remarkable accomplishment, and a further incentive to continue operating at such an exemplary level.”
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing its members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients. Therefore, AACN is committed to providing the highest quality resources to maximize nurses' contribution to care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.