The U-M Surgical Intensive Care Unit has received the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses — the second year in a row that this unit has been recognized by AACN. Last year, U-M’s SICU received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, the predecessor of the new award.
The SICU is one of only 16 hospital units nationwide to be recognized with a Beacon Award designation, which lasts for three years.
The Beacon Award recognizes U.S.-based hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. Silver-level recipients such as U-M demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care.
Any hospital unit that cares for high acuity and critically ill patients and meets evidence-based standards of excellence and patient safety can apply. In the past, only adult and pediatric critical care units and progressive care units were eligible.