Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence

University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit Earns Beacon Award for Excellence in Nursing

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) awards UH Case Medical Center’s Reinberger Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSU) with the prestigious Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. This is a top honor for nursing excellence.

UH Case Medical Center’s Reinberger Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is recognized as a Beacon Award winner due to the unit’s commitment to superior quality standards in nurse recruitment and retention, patient outcomes, staff training, healthy work environments, leadership and evidence-based practice and clinical research.

History of Recognition

The Reinberger Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit joins four other intensive care units at UH Case Medical Center which have been recognized with Beacon Awards: Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU); Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU); Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The Medical Intensive Care Unit is the only intensive care unit in the nation to have received this honor for five consecutive years, and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit has received it three times.

Factors for Award Consideration

In establishing the award, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, carefully considered a number of factors. The Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence is awarded twice yearly. To determine whether a critical care unit deserves recognition as a Beacon Award winner, it must have:

  • Recognized excellence in the intensive care environments in which nurses work and critically ill patients live
  • Recognized excellence of the highest quality measures, processes, structures and outcomes based upon evidence
  • Recognized excellence in collaboration, communication and partnerships that support the value of healing and humane environments
  • Developed a program that contributes to actualization of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ mission, vision and values

UH Case Medical Center’s Reinberger Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit provides the highest level of neurointensive care available. It is one center out of only a handful in the country and is one of only two such units in northeast Ohio. Having a unit with extensive experience in surgical patients’ postoperative care increases the opportunity for a safe, smooth recovery.

Highlights from This Year’s Beacon Award Application

  • Exceptional quality outcomes related to:
    • Postoperative infections
    • Ventricular infections
    • Ventilator associated pneumonias
    • Blood stream infections
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Unplanned extubations
  • Cutting-edge unit focused on evidence-based care
  • Commitment to our patients through relationship-based care
  • Collegial relationship among team members
  • Excellence in nursing education

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