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  Children's National Medical Center Critical Care Units Earn Beacon Award for Excellence
December 1, 2009

Cardiac ICU and Pediatric ICU receive presitious designation

Washington, DC - The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s National Medical Center received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Children’s National Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to have two pediatric units receive this award at the same time.

The award recognizes the nation’s top pediatric, progressive, and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals. The recognition represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.

“Here at Children’s National, our nursing teams engage their hearts and minds in providing the best care to our patients and families,” said Nellie Robinson, RN, MS, Executive Vice President Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s National. “We have always known that our critical care teams are model units for excellence, and we are honored that the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has recognized them nationally.”

As Beacon Award recipients, the CICU and PICU succeeded in the following areas, as measured against evidence-based national criteria:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Education, training and mentoring
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Patient outcomes
  • Leadership and organization ethics
  • Healing environment
With this award, Children’s CICU and PICU will serve as a beacon for other hospitals and healthcare facilities. Beacon units are a source of inspiration for other critical care units.

“I applaud Children’s critical care teams in both CICU and PICU for their tireless dedication to providing high quality care to our families,” said David Wessel, MD, Senior Vice President of the Center for Hospital-Based Specialties at Children’s National. “We’re excited to be recognized as a premier program in the United States for pediatric critical care services. This recognition is a remarkable achievement for our teams.”

Related links Contact: Emily Dammeyer/Jennifer Leischer: 202-476-4500 or, Children's National Medical Center


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