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LA MESA -- The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) presented a Gold Beacon Award for Excellence to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Sharp Grossmont’s MICU is just one of 91 nursing units in the nation to receive this designation, which honors individual units and its caregivers for successfully improving patient care and achieving healthy work environments. This is the second time they have achieved gold status.
“It is an honor to lead this exceptional group of nurses and health care partners who are dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients,” says Sharp Grossmont MICU Manager, Jean Mcateer.
“It is their commitment and dedication to innovative evidence based practices, teamwork and striving to be the best that led us to receiving the gold for the second time. I am very proud of their accomplishments,” she added.
The award has three levels of designation – gold, silver and bronze – gold being the highest. Each level represents a significant milestone in a unit’s journey to excellence. Units that achieve the three-year designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
AACN President Vicki Good applauds the commitment of the caregivers at the Sharp Grossmont MICU for working together to meet and exceed the high standards consistent with the 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,” she explains.
The Sharp Grossmont MICU earned a gold award by meeting the following evidence-based award criteria in the following areas: Leadership Structures and Systems; Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement; Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development; Evidence-Based Practice and Processes; and Outcome Measurement.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been serving the East County community for nearly 60 years. It is the largest not-for-profit, full-service acute care hospital in San Diego’s East County and is part of Sharp HealthCare, which received the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. The hospital is known for its clinical excellence in emergency and critical care; cardiac care; surgery; stroke care; orthopedics; rehabilitation; behavioral health; women’s and children’s health; and hospice care. The hospital also offers extensive outpatient services and prevention programs such as home infusion, sleep disorder care, wound care and hyperbaric medicine to support Sharp HealthCare’s emphasis on community health and wellness.