A unit at University of Louisville Hospital has been nationally recognized for exceptional patient care, earning the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).
Beacon recipients meet high standards for patient care by collecting and using evidence-based information to improve outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction and credibility with consumers, according to AACN.
UofL Hospitalâ€™s 5 South Unit â€“ a 16-bed mixed acuity unit that provides comprehensive and complex care to surgical, trauma, medical and cancer patients â€“ received the bronze level designation, which is in place for three years.
â€śThe unit has great patient satisfaction and outcomes, great nursing engagement and our retention rate of nursing staff is high,â€ť said Cathy Barth, R.N., interim director of mixed acuity units at UofL Hospital. â€śThe award speaks to the collaborative culture of the unit, how the nurses work together as a team and the high level of best care practices demonstrated.â€ť
UofL Hospital is one of only four facilities in Kentucky with a unit that currently has a Beacon designation.
For staff recruiting and retention, the award signifies a positive and supportive work environment with exceptional collaboration among colleagues and leaders, high morale and low turnover, according to AACN.
â€śRecipients of the Beacon Award set the standard for excellence in health care,â€ť said Shari Kretzschmer, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., N.E.A.-B.C., vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at UofL Hospital and theÂ Brown Cancer Center. â€śAs an academic hospital, our nursing staff and providers are not only dedicated to high-level patient care, but are enthusiastic about improving patient outcomes and patient and staff satisfaction using evidence-based practices. Receiving this award emphasizes the importance of our academic and patient-centered care mission.â€ť