Published on February 25, 2021

Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Team Receives Beacon Award for Excellence

Photo of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland .

Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland 

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland recently received the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).  The award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve 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.

“Nurses play a crucial role in the care we deliver at MidMichigan. Not only do they take care of the patients and their family, but they also provide education on all important aspects of their health,” said Tammy Terrell, M.S.N., R.N., chief nursing officer, MidMichigan Health, and vice president of nursing, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. “This achievement is a reflection of our staff’s dedication and teamwork to keeping our patients at the center of all that we do.”

AACN President Elizabeth Bridges, Ph.D., R.N., C.C.N.S., F.C.C.M., F.A.A.N., applauds the commitment of the caregivers in Midland’s SICU for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.

“Receiving a Beacon Award for Excellence demonstrates a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families. Creating healthy and supportive work environments empowers nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution,” Bridges explained. “Achieving this award is such an honor and brings such joy to those who have worked so hard to achieve excellence in patient care and positive patient outcomes.”

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by MidMichigan’s SICU in Midland signifies an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders. The unit has evaluation and improvement strategies in place and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks. Midland’s SICU earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria of leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management and learning and development; evidenced-base practice and processes; and outcome measurement.

The other Beacon Award designations are gold and bronze. Gold-level awardees demonstrate an effective and systematic approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders; fact-based evaluation strategies for continuous process improvement; and performance measures that meet or exceed relevant benchmarks. Recipients who earn a bronze-level award are beginning the journey to excellence, which includes developing systematic policies, processes and procedures; identifying opportunities for staff participation; and recognizing the need to develop cycles of evaluation and improvement.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence: Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. U.S. and Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, and learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. To learn more, visit www.aacn.org/beacon or call (800) 899-2226.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 200 chapters in the United States. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme.