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Beacon Award Shines


The Children’s Hospital Central California Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was honored in an award ceremony on May 3rd as nurses, doctors, and hospital staff joined in a celebration commemorating the team's recent selection as a recipient of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

Beacon Award PlaqueThe PICU team earned the Beacon Award after showing that excellence, high-quality standards, and exceptional care are all part of the service they give to patients and families.

The award is given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACM) and is specifically designed to recognize the nation’s top pediatric, progressive, and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals. The priceless recognition represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards and dedication to patient care.

Fewer than 10 PICU’s in the nation have received this award.  As a recipient, Children’s Hospital’s PICU succeeded in passing rigorous standards based on national criteria. These standards include, recruitment, retention, education, training, mentoring, research and evidence-based practice, patient outcomes, leadership and organization ethics, and a providing a healing environment.