St. Joseph Hospital Pulmonary Renal Unit earns Silver Beacon Award for Excellence

September 17, 2018

The pulmonary renal unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange received the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award is a milestone showcasing the unit’s exceptional patient care and healthy work environment.

The hospital’s pulmonary renal unit is a 32-bed progressive care unit that treats patients who are acutely or chronically ill with lung conditions, kidney disease or other illnesses. The silver-level award means unit staff is continuously learning and achieving optimal patient care.

“We are honored to be recognized by the AACN and extremely proud of our pulmonary renal team for the outstanding care they provide each day,” says Jeremy S. Zoch, PhD, MHA, FACHE, chief executive of St. Joseph Hospital. “Achievements such as the Beacon Award for Excellence reflect the commitment of our entire team to maintaining excellence while continually improving the care we provide our patients.”

AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers in the pulmonary renal unit at St. Joseph Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the award. “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,” she explains.

Only four hospitals in Orange County have earned a Beacon Award from the AACN, and this designation marks the second time a nursing unit at St. Joseph Hospital has been recognized. In February of this year, the hospital’s medical telemetry unit earned the AACN’s Gold Beacon Award for Excellence.

Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence is a national, three-year award with bronze, silver, and gold-level designations which represent ongoing efforts to continually improve patient care. As a recipient, St. Joseph Hospital’s pulmonary renal unit earned distinction in the following areas, as measured against AACN’s evidence-based national criteria: appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, and learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement.

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