The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif.,
recently conferred a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the ICU
3 East at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the
path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments —
recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and
align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards.
Units that earn 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.
AACN President Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN, applauds the
commitment of the caregivers at the ICU 3 East at Torrance Memorial Medical
Center for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set
forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals
join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the
standard for optimal patient care.
“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.
The bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the ICU 3 East at
Torrance Memorial Medical Center signifies success in developing, deploying
and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes.
the Burn Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center earned a bronze award
by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:
- Leadership Structures and Systems
- Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
- Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
- Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
- Outcome Measurement
Other Beacon Award designations include silver and gold. Recipients who
earn a silver-level award demonstrate continuous learning and effective
systems to achieve optimal patient care; gold-level awardees demonstrate
excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes.
AACN honors the ICU 3 East at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and other
Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in
AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000
acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees at
the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s
largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for
acutely and critically ill patients and their families.