published on December 29, 2016 - 6:17 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Valley Children’s Hospital has been recognized for a third time with a Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).


The Beacon Award honors the achievements of critical care teams in several areas, including professional practice, patient outcomes and work environments. Beacon provides the means for hospital units to measure themselves against high-quality standards based on national criteria. Organizations that meet or exceed these standards are regarded as leaders in nursing.

“Nursing is an integral part of the care team,” Valley Children’s Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer Beverly Hayden-Pugh said in a statement. “I am so proud of the entire team. The nurses’ professionalism and commitment to their patients drive them every single day and this recognition is well deserved.”

This is another national award for Valley Children’s. It was the first pediatric hospital west of the Rockies to receive the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), with three consecutive designations beginning in 2004.

The ANCC continues to recognize Valley Children’s for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Valley Children’s remains in an elite group of less than 7 percent of hospitals nationwide to receive this designation.

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