Surgical Intensive Care Unit Wins National Award for Patient Care Excellence

March 20, 2017
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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, silver level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The James SICU is a 12-bed unit providing 24-hour comprehensive care to a variety of surgical cancer patients with complex medical needs.

AACN, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, brings together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses through more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization established the Beacon Award for Excellence in 2003 to recognize unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes while also aligning professional nursing practices with AACN’s standards for a healthy work environment.

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.

Through this voluntary hospital recognition program, awardees are evaluated on leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement.

“Our James SICU staff are truly dedicated individuals who work tirelessly as a team to provide their patients with a positive, comforting environment. This national recognition is demonstrative of their focus on relationship-based care and delivering the utmost in patient care,” says Kris Kipp, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer for the OSUCCC – James.

In October 2013, the OSUCCC – James achieved Magnet® designation as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, which is considered the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. It remains the only freestanding cancer hospital in the Midwest to hold this designation.

2016 Beacon Award for Excellence honorees will be recognized publically in Houston, Texas, in May 2017 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.

This is the second OSUCCC – James nursing team to receive the Beacon Award for Excellence. The bone marrow transplant nursing team received the honor in 2015

About the OSUCCC – James

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute 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 46 National Cancer Institute-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. As the cancer program’s 308-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 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.

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