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American Association of Critical-Care Nurse Recognizes Inspira with Gold Beacon Award for Excellence

American Association of Critical-Care Nurse Recognizes Inspira with Gold Beacon Award for Excellence

May 26, 2016
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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ (May 24, 2016) – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently recognized Inspira Medical Center Vineland’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiac Step Down Unit (CSDU) with a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence.

The national three-year award is given to units who successfully improve patient outcomes and foster healthy work environments. This is the fourth consecutive Beacon Award that Inspira Medical Center Vineland’s CICU has received and the first for its CSDU.

“We are very proud of our nursing leaders and staff for achieving this prestigious recognition,” said Elizabeth Sheridan, R.N., M.A., chief operations officer of Inspira Medical Centers Elmer and Vineland. “It represents their unwavering commitment to providing our patients with the best possible care as well as an exceptional experience.”

Inspira Medical Center Vineland’s CICU and CSDU earned a gold award by meeting the following evidence-based criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

“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 Karen McQuillan, R.N., M.S.

For more information about the Beacon Award for Excellence, visit

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; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. To learn more, visit or call (800) 899-2226.

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, connect with the organization on Facebook at or follow AACN on Twitter at

About Inspira Health Network

Inspira Health Network is a charitable nonprofit health care organization serving communities across southern New Jersey. The network, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, a comprehensive cancer center, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 100 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; numerous specialty centers, including sleep medicine, cardiac testing, digestive health and wound care; home care and hospice; and more than 30 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem and Camden counties.

Together with its medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 5,700 employees, Inspira Health Network provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the network’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health Network, visit or call 1-800-INSPIRA.

Topics: Quality