FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
December 17, 2004 Chris Alvarez, AACN
(949) 362-2050 ext. 402
Maura Romaine, Norwalk Hospital
NORWALK HOSPITAL WINS AACN BEACON AWARD
Hospital Recognized for Critical Care Excellence
(ALISO VIEJO, California) The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
(AACN) announced that Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conneticut has won the Beacon
Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award designated to recognize the nation’s top
hospital critical care units.
Presented by AACN, the Beacon Award recognizes hospital units for exhibiting the
highest quality standards in nurse recruitment and retention, patient outcomes, staff
training, healthy work environments, leadership, and evidence-based practice and
The criteria for becoming a Beacon Award winner includes:
• Recognized excellence in the intensive care environments in which nurses
work and critically ill patients live;
• Recognized excellence of the highest quality measures, processes, structures
and outcomes based upon evidence;
• Recognized excellence in collaboration, communication, and partnerships that
support the value of healing and humane environments;
• Developed a program that contributes to actualization of AACN’s mission,
vision and values.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize Norwalk Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit/Cardiac
Care Unit as a Beacon Award winner,” said Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, FAAN,
president, AACN. “It has met the lofty standards set by AACN for the Beacon Award,
and serves as an example for other hospitals to follow.”
“We are very proud that our Critical Care Nursing Team at Norwalk Hospital has been
selected to receive the prestigious Beacon Award. They are outstanding individuals who
are committed to providing exceptional care for patients and their families,” said
Geoffrey Cole, president and CEO of Norwalk Hospital. “This national award recognizes
our critical care team for achieving the highest quality outcomes and for being a beacon
of light, an inspiration, to other critical care units throughout the country.”
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Applicants are not required to be a member of AACN to win a Beacon Award.
Applications must be made online; complete application information/requirements are
available at https://www.aacn.org/AACN/ICURecog.nsf/vwdoc/MainPage?
The Beacon Award is presented twice annually. For more information on the Beacon
Award or AACN, call (800) 899-2226.
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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in
the world. Its international headquarters are located in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Founded in 1969, the
association now has more than 240 chapters worldwide and is working toward a healthcare system driven
by the needs of patients and their families, where critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.
Complete information about AACN is available on the Internet at www.aacn.org.