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Geisinger Medical Center nursing units receive Beacon Awards for Excellence

Feb 27, 2015 03:22PM ● By Erica Shames

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently awarded two Beacon Awards for Excellence to nursing units at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC). The Adult Intensive Care Unit was granted a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, one of only six nursing units in Pennsylvania to be recognized with the award. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital was granted a silver-level award, one of only 15 nursing units to win silver in Pennsylvania.

The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes adult critical care, adult progressive care and pediatric critical care units that achieve high-quality outcomes and exemplify excellence in professional practice and patient care. Units that achieve this three-year award meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

 “The Beacon Awards confirm what I see on these units every day, extraordinary professionals delivering the highest levels of care,” said Crystal Muthler, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer, Geisinger Medical Center. “We set extremely high standards for all of our nurses, and as such, our nurses are now national role models to other nurses on their journey to exceptional patient care and quality outcomes.”

GMC is one of just 18 Pennsylvania hospitals – and among fewer than six percent of all hospitals in the United States – to twice be named a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing and patient care.

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