The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at CHOC Children’s Hospital. This is the second time CHOC has earned the gold-level distinction.The Beacon Award for Excellence— honoring exceptional patient care and healthy work environments—recognizes PICU caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
“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,” explains AACN President Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN.
CHOC’s PICU earned a gold 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
About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses, and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.
CHOC Children’s was recently awarded The Advisory Board Company’s 2016 Workplace Transformation Award and the Workplace of the Year Award for its commitment to fostering and maintaining high levels of employee engagement. CHOC is the only organization to receive both awards.
“CHOC’s mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children is accomplished through ongoing feedback from our employees. Engaged employees are more innovative, enthusiastic, productive and committed to provide the very best patient and family care. This critical feedback that CHOC leaders receive each year, drives our commitment to our employees to be the best place to work,” said Tom Capizzi, CHOC’s vice president, human resources.
Engaged employees, as defined by The Advisory Board Company – a leading health care, research and education performance improvement firm – are those who exhibit both loyalty and commitment to the organization. The award recognizes CHOC’s commitment to creating a best-in-class work environment for its employees.
“Our award winners have demonstrated an impressive ability to inspire an increasing level of engagement in their staff – among the largest transformations across the country,” said Steven Berkow, executive director, Survey Solutions at The Advisory Board Company.
CHOC was among five award recipients to receive the Workplace Transformation Award, and among 20 award recipients to receive the Workplace of the Year Award.
The Leapfrog Group has once again named CHOC Children’s Hospital to its annual list of Top Hospitals, distinguishing CHOC’s commitment to providing the safest, highest quality health care. CHOC is one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the nation and only two in the state to earn the respected award.
The selection is based on results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas:
- How patients fare
- Resource utilization
- Management structures established to prevent errors
Performance across many facets of hospital care, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and ability to prevent medication errors, is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award.
“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, CHOC has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency, and provides exemplary care for children and families in Orange County. I congratulate the hospital’s board, staff and clinicians whose efforts achieved these results.”
See the full list of 2015 Top Hospital honorees.