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Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Earns Elite National Nursing Award

Jun 25, 2020 08:57AM ● By MED Magazine

No parent expects to have their child in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU); however, when critical illness or trauma occurs, Midwest families can have confidence that Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has one of the nation’s best.

Children’s PICU is one of only 13 PICUs nationwide to be honored with the Gold Beacon Award for Excellence, an award given by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). The Gold Beacon Award—the highest designation possible—recognizes excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. The AACN is the premier professional society for critical care nurses with more than 120,000 members and 200 chapters across the U.S. The award is earned by meeting evidence-based criteria related to outcomes, processes, staffing and more. Children’s is the only health care system in the region to receive this honor for pediatric specialty care.

“I am very proud of how our team works hard to meet every challenge that comes our way, and it is extremely satisfying that they are getting national recognition for it,” said Andrew MacFadyen, M.D., medical director, Children’s PICU. 

The award is based on the previous three years of performance. During this timeframe, Children’s added a second PICU unit, reorganized its PICU into a PICU and a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and experienced a record-high census each year—making this accomplishment especially remarkable.

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