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East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital earns national award for excellence

Written By Barbara Dunn on June 25, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE;  June 25, 2010 

Contact:  Barbara Dunn, UHS Strategic Development, 252-847-7599 or bddunn@uhseast.com 

East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital earns national award for excellence 

GREENVILLE – The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at The East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).  

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

Brian Floyd, vice president/executive director of cardiovascular and emergency services at the East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, said the Beacon Award is a highly competitive national recognition of excellence in nursing units.

“With more than 6,000 hospital units eligible for the award, the Beacon award highlights what is best about our hospital: the incredible people who work together to deliver incredible care every day,” Floyd said. “While we are proud of the services and technology of the East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, our best achievement is building teams of caregivers like those in the CICU.”

As a Beacon Award recipient, the CICU 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 

AACN applauds the efforts and success of the Heart Institute’s CICU, which will now serve as a beacon for other hospitals and health care facilities. Beacon units are a source of inspiration for other aspiring units. 

Beacon Award units realize many benefits of having met rigid criteria for excellence, high-quality standards and exceptional care of patients and patients’ families: 

Influence and Recognition: Units that participate in the Beacon Award process help set the standards for what constitutes an excellent acute or critical care environment through the collection of evidence-based information. Patient safety and quality programs, such as the Leapfrog Group Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, consider Beacon achievement in their evaluation process. 

Credibility: Consumers, who are paying much closer attention today to quality-of-care factors with respect to their own healthcare, will take this level of recognition into consideration when choosing a hospital for care or treatment. 

Recruitment and Retention: Prospective employees will recognize a Beacon Award unit as a healthy work environment, a place where quality of care is tied directly to quality of staff. Nurses who work in these units will recognize that their skills and expertise are appreciated and valued, boosting employee morale. 

 

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About the East Carolina Heart Institute  

The East Carolina Heart Institute is a unique partnership that includes University Health Systems' Pitt County Memorial Hospital and East Carolina University, along with cardiovascular experts in private practice, academic medicine and research. The East Carolina Heart Institute is the first in North Carolina devoted exclusively to education, research, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.  

About AACN 

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses. Its international headquarters are located in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Founded in 1969, the Association has more than 240 chapters worldwide and is working toward a health care system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.