Mercy Hospital of Buffalo Receives Beacon Award for Excellence

Mar 13, 2024News & PR, Press Releases

Buffalo, NY – The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has earned the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes the nation’s highest performing hospital patient care units for excellence in professional practice, patient care, and clinical outcomes.

“We are extremely proud of our CVICU nursing team for achieving this prestigious honor,” said Julie LaManna, Catholic Health Director of Cardiac Services and Director of Nursing at Mercy Hospital. “This award not only recognizes our exceptional staff, but demonstrates our commitment to providing our patients with the highest quality care.”

The Beacon Award acknowledges hospital critical care units and their nursing teams who successfully improve patient outcomes and consistently set the standard for excellence in patient care based on AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards – Leadership Structures and Systems; Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement; Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning Development; Evidence-Based Practice and Processes; and Outcome Measurements.

AACN President Terry Davis, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CHTP, FAAN, applauds the exemplary efforts of the critical care team at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. “These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care,” Davis said. “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.”

The Beacon Award includes progressive bronze, silver and gold designations, which represent ongoing efforts to continually improve patient care. Units that earn the Beacon Award designation meet national criteria consistent with the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award.