OSUCCC – James Surgical Intensive Care Unit Earns Gold Beacon Award for Excellence

January 23, 2020
Clara Lee in Surgery

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) has received national recognition for exceptional patient care and professional nursing practice with a three-year, gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The Beacon Award, considered to be a milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments, honors individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. Gold is the highest level Beacon Award that can be achieved.

This is the second consecutive Beacon Award for the OSUCCC – James SICU. In December 2016, the SICU received a silver-level Beacon Award.

The James SICU is a 12-bed unit providing 24-hour comprehensive care to oncology patients with complex medical needs following high-risk or complicated abdominal, thoracic and vascular surgeries. These patients require intensive care for such things as ventilator weaning, sepsis, hemorrhagic shock, ARDS and other complications stemming from their comorbidities and cancer diagnoses. This unit also receives overflow patients from the medical intensive care and trauma units at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Units that earn this award meet nationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in patient care consistent with Magnet® Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award – all considered gold standards for quality patient care and professional nursing practice.

“This award speaks volumes about the SICU nursing staff’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families,” says Kris Kipp, MSN, RN, executive director for patient services and chief nursing officer for the OSUCCC – James.

The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies the SICU’s effective and systematic approach to policies, procedures and processes that include engagement of staff and key stakeholders; fact-based evaluation strategies for continuous process improvement; and performance measures that meet or exceed relevant benchmarks. The SICU 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 and Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

The AACN, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and contains more than 200 chapters in the United States. 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.

In March 2018, the OSUCCC – James achieved Magnet® re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. Magnet is considered the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice.

2020 Beacon Award for Excellence honorees will be recognized in May in Indianapolis, Ind., at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.


About the OSUCCC – James
The OSUCCC – James strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only a few centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs sponsored by the NCI. As the cancer program’s 356-bed adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet® designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. At 21 floors and with more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care. For more information, visit cancer.osu.edu.

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