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Allina's Mercy Hospital nurses earn prestigious nursing award – times four

COON RAPIDS, Minn. 10/11/2010--Allina Hospitals & Clinics is proud to announce that four different units where critical care nurses work at Mercy Hospital have received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence this year.

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses' Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards and recognizes dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families. For more about the award, go to aacn.org.

"Very few hospitals have attained this level of critical care excellence," said Cheryl Vogel, Mercy's chief nursing officer. "This award validates the expertise, hard work and dedication of every member of our staff who serves this community. It is an exceptional accomplishment for all critical care units within a hospital to receive Beacon Awards."

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses awards the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence to the top critical care units in hospitals across the United States. Now, all Mercy nursing units that are eligible have received the Beacon Award:

  • medical, surgical and neurological intensive care unit
  • step-down (3 East)
  • cardiac intensive care (4 Heart)
  • cardiac step-down (3 West).

Mercy's intensive care unit (ICU) is a three-time winner.

Measured against evidence-based national criteria, the Beacon Award means that Mercy's critical care units have succeeded in:

  • recruitment and retention
  • education, training and mentoring
  • research and evidence-based practice
  • patient outcomes
  • leadership and organization ethics
  • healing environment

About Mercy Hospital and Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Mercy Hospital is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics and other health care services.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

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 Alisa Viejo, California. Founded in 1969, the Association has more than 240 chapters worldwide and is working toward a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. For more information, go to aacn.org.

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