• Press Release

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."