Baystate’s Critical Care Unit Receives Second Beacon Award

SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Medical Center’s ICU has been recognized as one of the top hospital critical care units for a second straight year, and is the only critical care unit in the country to win the national award two years in a row, according to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). 

The Adult Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Baystate was recently honored with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. Baystate’s ICU is one of 10 critical care units in the country that have received the award and remains the only critical care unit in Massachusetts to receive this prestigious honor.

“These units have met high standards and requirements to receive the Beacon Award,” said Kathy McCauley RN, Ph.D, BC, FAAN, FAHA, president AACN. “They have set an example that other hospitals can follow and they and their staffs are true leaders in critical care and we are honored to recognize them with this award.”

The Beacon Award recognizes critical care units for exhibiting the highest quality standards in nurse recruitment and retention, patient outcomes, staff training, healthy work environments, leadership, and evidence-based practice and research.

“Our ICU is proud to receive the AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence for the second year in a row,” said Sheila Elliott MBA, BSN, manager of Baystate’s ICU. “We have continued to meet the high standards set by the AACN for the Beacon Award including demonstrated growth.”

“It is the dedication and commitment of the entire ICU staff and the support of our nursing leadership that has led us to this prestigious award,” she continued. “Our vision is to provide exceptional care for patients and their families, and we are proud to serve as an inspiration to other critical care units throughout the country.”