Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel awarded prestigious gold Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses


Portland, OR - The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently gave a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Oregon. This national award recognizes hospital critical care units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes.

Only 15 adult and children's critical care units in the U.S. have achieved the gold designation for the Beacon award; four of those are Pediatric Intensive Care Units. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Randall Children's Hospital is the only Intensive Care Unit (adult and pediatric) in Oregon, Washington and Idaho awarded the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence.

Mishawn Pedersen, R.N., supervisor in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, led her exceptional team in the award process. Mishawn says, "Our Beacon application process, much like the award itself, demonstrated the passion of our devoted multidisciplinary team. Many hands and hearts touched the application to ensure it represented our exceptional unit. The Beacon Award for Excellence is special because it highlights statistical data and what families and patients feel when they enter our unit. We are proud our patient care is exhibited in our commitment to outcomes, family centered decisions and passionate care."

The Beacon Award for Excellence - a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments - recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN's six Healthy Work Environment Standards.

AACN President Mary Stahl, R.N., MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Randall Children's Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

"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," she explains.

The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Randall Children's Hospital signifies excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes 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 

About Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel: One of Oregon's largest providers of pediatric inpatient and trauma services, Randall Children's Hospital opened its new home in February 2012. Randall Children's Hospital has a medical staff of more than 600 physicians, including pediatric medical and surgical specialists, sub-specialists, hospitalists and community pediatricians. Randall Children's Hospital receives nearly 100,000 patient visits per year. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit cares for 1,100 of our community's most fragile, ill and injured children a year in a 24-bed unit with all single, private patient rooms. Patients are babies and children up to age 21, depending on the diagnosis.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence: Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. U.S. or Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development and best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes. To learn more visit www.aacn.org/beacon.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization's vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org.