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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

St. Francis Health-Mooresville critical care nurses attain national recognition

Award recognizes exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – “Lighting our way to a brighter tomorrow” is the motto of the nurses in the intensive care unit at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville. That light glowed brightly last week when the ICU received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, which is active for three years.

For patients and their families, the Beacon Award measures exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction.

And for critical care nurses, the Beacon Award signifies a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. 

 “Our ICU staff has worked tirelessly to ensure patients and families receive the highest level of care,” said Jared Stark, executive director of the Mooresville hospital. “All of us here are extremely proud of our critical care nurses and pleased they have received this well-deserved recognition for their hard work and compassionate service.”

“We are very excited and honored to receive this award,” said Tara Simon, RN, ICU manager. “We work every day to exemplify the qualities of the Beacon Award and pride ourselves on providing excellent care and good outcomes. The staff all go above and beyond to care for patients and families and support each other to make that happen.”

AACN President Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, applauded the commitment of the caregivers at Franciscan St. Francis-Mooresville for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award.

“These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care,” Roberts 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 a role model to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”

To learn more about this award, visit