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Goryeb Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is First in Tri-State Area to Achieve 'Gold'

Morristown, NJ, June 2013 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., has conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ. The Beacon Award for Excellence a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six standards for a healthy work environment. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

AACN President Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Goryeb Children’s Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated health care professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” Roberts said. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as a role model to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”

The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the PICU at Goryeb Children’s Hospital signifies excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. The PICU at Goryeb Children’s Hospital earned a gold award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development, Best Practices
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Patient Outcomes

“The highly-skilled PICU nurses bring their absolute best to every patient and every family,” said Fran Drigun, RN, director of women’s and children’s services, Atlantic Health System. “We are honored to receive this national distinction that shows the exemplary skill and compassionate care consistently demonstrated by our nursing team.” Atlantic Health System owns and operates Goryeb Children’s Hospital.

Goryeb Children’s Hospital’s PICU provides state-of-the-art care to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults through age 21 with life-threatening illness and injury. A nine-bed unit, the team treats more than 600 children annually. The PICU features advanced technologies for continuous monitoring of respiratory, cardiovascular and neurologic functions. Staffed with board-certified pediatric critical care physicians, the PICU offers round-the-clock coverage and is supported with a multidisciplinary team of highly-skilled nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, case managers, child life therapists, physical/occupational therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists and pharmacists.

“Every day, the care team in Goryeb Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit demonstrates a unique ability to provide exceptional care for our young, critically ill patients,” said Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital. “They not only offer clinical excellence and expertise to every patient, but also place each family at the core of this healing environment to generate the best possible outcomes for children.”

The other Beacon Award designations are bronze and silver. Recipients who earn a bronze-level award demonstrate success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes; silver-level awardees demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has earned Beacon awards in the following areas: Coronary Care Unit, silver, 2011; Gagnon A (cardiac unit), silver, 2013; Medical and Surgical ICU, gold, 2011.

About Goryeb Children’s Hospital
Goryeb Children’s Hospital is a state-designated “Children’s Hospital,” an earned recognition from the national Children’s Hospital Association and the State of New Jersey for institutions with multiple pediatric specialties including a pediatric emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit and regional perinatal center. Currently, more than 100 board certified pediatric specialists at Goryeb provide care to patients at multiple locations throughout the state.  In addition, Goryeb has more than 250 community pediatricians on staff. Goryeb actively participates in physician training programs and clinical research to help train the next generation of physicians and advance the cutting edge of pediatric care. There is also a wide range of community support and education programs available to children and their families from surrounding areas.

The physicians and staff at Goryeb subscribe to a patient- and family-centered philosophy of care, partnering together with families to generate the best possible outcomes for the children receiving treatment. Every patient that enters Goryeb – from fragile newborn to 21-year-old young adult – receives a unique and customized plan of care, specific to that individual’s needs, preferences and values.  Families and caregivers are then educated, supported and empowered to make informed decisions about their child’s care and to cope confidently with their child’s condition or illness.

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 and best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes. Learn more online or call 1-800-899-2226.

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 240 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. Learn more about AACN online, connect with the organization on Facebook or follow AACN on Twitter.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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