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Published on March 03, 2020

Palos Telemetry unit receives silver Beacon Award for Excellence

Palos only Beacon award-winning Telemetry unit in Illinois, and one of seven winners in entire U.S.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on Telemetry at Palos Hospital.

Telemetry leadership team

Palos Telemetry Leadership Team

Seated (from left):Kate Ward, Orland Park; Beth Gresky, Mokena;
Amber Krause, Frankfort; Elaine Bastek, Mokena
(from left): Nadyne Spurlock, Palos Park; Kelsey Madej, New Lenox;
Kat Sekula, Palos Heights; Candace Richards, Lockport;
Beth Anne Gilio, Palos Park
Not pictured: Jenny LoRusso, Burbank; Sara Mahler, Orland Park

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. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award 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 earned by Telemetry at Palos Hospital signifies an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders. The unit has evaluation and improvement strategies in place and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks.

“Receiving a Beacon Award for Excellence demonstrates a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families. Creating healthy and supportive work environments empowers nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution,” explained AACN President Megan Brunson, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN-CSC. “Achieving this award is such an honor and brings such joy to those who have worked so hard to achieve excellence in patient care and positive patient outcomes,” Brunson added.