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Cardiac Care Unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital Awarded for its Excellence

The Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) awarded The Beacon Award for Excellence from The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

  • (January 10, 2014)

Mount Sinai Heart at The Mount Sinai Hospital is pleased to announce its Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) has joined the prestigious ranks of a select number of critical care units in New York State to be awarded The Beacon Award for Excellence from The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the leading society of acute and critical care nurses with more than 100,000 members.

The Beacon Award designation, which is awarded at the gold, silver, or bronze level, was developed by the AACN in 2003. AACN created the Beacon Award to provide critical care units with vital tools to assist their upward path to continuous overall excellence. Awardees, like Mount Sinai's CCU, are recognized for their dedication to improving patient care.

"Our Cardiac Care Unit's recognition with the Beacon Award for Excellence is another reminder for patients, their families, and referring physicians just how stellar the clinical care and patient outcomes are here at Mount Sinai Heart and The Mount Sinai Hospital,"says Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital. "Congratulations to the CCU team at Mount Sinai Heart for their hard work and never tiring commitment to excellence."

Mount Sinai's CCU was awarded its three-year Silver level designation of The Beacon Award for Excellence on January 2, 2014 for its success in following key indicators:

  • Leadership structures and systems
  • Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
  • Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development, and best practices
  • Evidence-based practice and processes
  • Outcome measurement

"We are so proud to offer our nurses and nurse practitioners a positive and supportive work environment with a true sense of team here at Mount Sinai,"says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President Clinical Operations at Mount Sinai Heart. "Working closely together each and every day, we aim to offer nothing but the best clinical care possible to patients in the CCU and across every patient unit in Mount Sinai Heart and Mount Sinai Hospital."

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and the South Nassau Communities Hospital is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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