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Washington Adventist Cardiac and Vascular Intensive Care Unit Nationally Recognized for Excellence

Story by Diana Troese
Published 7/18/12


The Cardiac and Vascular Intensive Care Unit team at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., was recently awarded the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

The Cardiac and Vascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) team at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., was recently awarded the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), making it the only hospital in Montgomery County, and one of only six in Maryland, to receive this prestigious national recognition. This award marks a significant achievement in providing exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.

It recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six healthy work environment standards. Of the estimated 6,000 intensive care units in the United States, only 315 have been recognized with this award for excellence.

“This is a wonderful achievement that recognizes the commitment of our caregivers for working together to provide exceptional patient care,” said Joyce Newmyer, the hospital’s president. “This national recognition helps continue our hospital’s legacy of providing the type of high-quality cardiac care our community has come to trust.”

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Washington Adventist Hospital’s CVICU earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

• Leadership Structures and Systems
• Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
• Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development, Best Practices
• Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
• Patient Outcomes

“We’re very proud of this recognition,” said Maria Jurlano, director of the CVICU. “This is a true validation of the work and dedication of the CVICU team in doing the right thing for our patients and their families.”

“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,” said AACN president Mary Stahl, RN, MSN.

Since Washington Adventist Hospital performed the area’s first heart surgery in 1962, it has been continually recognized for the comprehensive, quality heart care provided to residents, and other regional firsts.



Joyce Newmyer, hospital president; Tom Sweeney, chief nursing officer; and Randall Wagner, Chief Medical Officer, stop by Unit 1500, CVICU, to congratulate the staff and physicians for their hard work and dedication.

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