Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Neuroscience ICU earns Beacon Award
The VCU Medical Center’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
has received the Beacon Award for critical care excellence from the American
Association of Critical Care Nurses.
The Beacon Award recognizes adult critical care, adult
progressive care and pediatric critical care units that demonstrate strong
patient outcomes and exemplify excellence and innovation.
“This is a great recognition and affirmation of the
fantastic nursing team we have in the NSICU and throughout the Health System,”
said John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals. “I commend them for a job well done and
to all who worked so hard to achieve this goal.”
VCU’s Neuroscience ICU includes 18 beds and specializes in
the care and treatment of patients who have suffered from stroke, traumatic
brain injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological and neurosurgical
Leadership and interdisciplinary team members from this unit
include Mary Alice Conte, nurse manager; Chris Szabo, nurse clinician; Bruce
Mathern, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery; Courtenay
Leahman, M.D., assistant professor, anesthesiology; and Jon Bekenstein, M.D.,
Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurology.
The NSICU joins the VCUHS Surgery Trauma ICU and the Medical
Respiratory ICU, which also received this prestigious award in 2008 and early
2010, respectively. All of these units met national evidence based standards
for high quality critical care outcomes.
Established in 1969 to help educate nurses working in newly
developed intensive care units, the American Association of Critical-Care
Nurses is the world's largest specialty nursing organization. For more
information, visit http://www.aacn.org.