Driscoll Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit receives AACN’s Silver Beacon Award for Excellence

Among the Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) staff involved in the team effort of securing the Beacon Award for Excellence were Janalee Webb, BSN, RN (from left); Katie Wall, BSN, RN, CCRN; Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Director Trey Stice, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC (holding the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence); Eva Acebo, BSN, RN, CCRN; and Sarah Becak, BSN, RN, CPN. Not pictured: Crystal Hernandez, BSN, RN, CCRN; Samantha MacLachlan, BSN, RN; Jennifer Collins, BS, RN, CCRN.

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Driscoll Children’s Hospital was awarded the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The Beacon Award for Excellence is a three-year recognition for hospitals that use evidence-based practices to improve outcomes. Hospitals must meet specific criteria across five categories to be eligible for the recognition, which includes bronze-, silver- and gold-level recipients. Silver-level recipients demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care.

“We feel so honored to be one of three PICUs in the state of Texas awarded the Beacon Award for Excellence. For more than a year, a team of nurses sought out and answered a strenuous set of questions, set forth by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, that encompassed the type of care our PICU team at Driscoll provides each day,” said Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Director Trey Stice, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC.

Being awarded the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) required a team effort of the staff of Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Pictured are just some of the PICU nursing staff who are all smiles from receiving the national recognition.

“We strive to provide patient- and family-centric quality care every day and this award signifies all that we do. This is a team effort, and each person who helps care for our patients contributed to this achievement. The PICU would like to expressly thank Jennifer Collins, RN, CCRN, for pursuing and helping to lead the Beacon team.  Her hard work and dedication is a shining example of the Driscoll Way,” said Stice.

“This award demonstrates to the public the high level of quality they can expect for their children when they come to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital PICU,” said Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Driscoll Health System. “With its dedicated 24/7 in-house board-certified pediatric intensive care physicians and the specialized nurses, we can provide state-of-the-art care for the sickest of children.”

Driscoll’s PICU earned the silver-level Beacon Award by meeting the following criteria:

The Beacon Award for Excellence is a national recognition from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was one of three PICUs in the state of Texas awarded the Beacon Award for Excellence.
  1. Leadership structures and systems
  2. Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
  3. Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development
  4. Evidence-based practice and processes
  5. Outcome measurement

Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. It is presented by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, which is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” said AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”