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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes the Bariatric General Surgery Unit at Vidant Medical Center with silver Beacon Award for Excellence

June 19, 2017 by Amy Holcombe

GREENVILLE – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), recently awarded the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence to the Bariatric General Surgery Unit (BGSU) at Vidant Medical Center (VMC). This is the second time this unit has received this award.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a major milestone, signifying achievement of 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 achieve 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.

“It’s hard to imagine a better example of transformational leadership than in the BGSU at VMC, where patients receive outstanding care for complex, diverse medical/surgical needs,” said Dawn Tetterton, administrator of nursing at VMC. “The staff are committed to professional development, interdisciplinary collaboration and use of best practice which contributes to improved patient outcomes. I am honored to work with this team of professionals.”

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The BGSU earned its silver 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

“I’m extremely proud of the hard work, dedication and excellence in patient care this team continues to show our patients,” said Michelle Harris, manager, BGSU. “Our staff work extremely hard to maintain a high level of excellence in patient care, and they go above and beyond on a daily basis for our patients.”

AACN honors the BGSU at VMC 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.

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