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Published on May 23, 2016

Cardiovascular Unit at Abington Hospital Earns Silver Beacon Award for Excellence

National three-year award marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment.

ABINGTON, PA (May 20, 2016) – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently presented the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence to the Cardiovascular Unit at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Abington 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
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

“This award is a testament to the Cardiovascular Unit’s consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care and optimizing patient outcomes,” said Kathy McDade, nurse director of Cardiac Medical Specialties at Abington Hospital. “We are proud to serve as a role model for other hospitals striving to achieve the same level of excellent patient and family care.”

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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