Archive | January 9, 2012

Surgical ICU Earns Prestigious Gold Beacon Award

Lexington Medical Center’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit has received a Gold Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for outstanding patient care, outcomes and work environment. Lexington Medical Center is one of only eleven hospitals in the nation to receive a gold distinction for this award.

“The surgical intensive care unit at Lexington Medical Center gives outstanding care, as reflected by our continuous, high quality outcomes and overall patient and family satisfaction,” said Anita Glover, Surgical Intensive Care Unit Nurse Manager. “We are honored to be recognized with a Gold Beacon Award for Excellence.”

Nurses on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) submitted a written application for the award that included descriptions of patient satisfaction scores, service excellence and care of families.

Established in 2003, evidence-based criteria for the Beacon Award for Excellence includes leadership structures and systems, appropriate staffing and staff engagement, effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development, best practices, processes and patient outcomes.

“We take care to address each patient situation and consider what each family needs,” said Gina Hall, RN, SICU Clinical Mentor and application author. “We had the opportunity to show we are a community hospital able to achieve phenomenal outcomes.”

Lexington Medical Center’s SICU includes approximately 60 full-time employees and an average daily patient census of ten. The unit is designated to care for patients recovering from heart surgery once Lexington Medical Center begins offering a full range of cardiovascular services later this year.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), based in California, is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. Its vision is to create a health care system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make an optimal contribution. To learn more, visit