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NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Medical Intensive Care Unit II Recognized with American Association Of Critical-Care Nurses Silver-Level Beacon Award for Excellence

National award marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment

Jan 23, 2024

The Medical Intensive Care Unit II team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

Bronx, NY — NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln announced today that the Medical Intensive Care Unit II recently received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The Beacon Award for Excellence, a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment, recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders. MICU II earned its silver 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

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Medical Intensive Care Unit 2 for attaining the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN),” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “Earning a Beacon Award represents a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments. This impressive designation is a clear indication that Lincoln MICU 2 maintains a positive and supportive work environment with a high degree of collaboration between colleagues and leaders, nurturing empowerment and leadership among the nursing staff, and working together to successfully improve patient outcomes.”

“We are very honored and proud of the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence recognition given to MICU II. They work extremely hard providing the highest level of critical care to our patients and the community we serve. Congratulations, as you’re fulfilling our ICARE values and being recognized for your excellence,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln CEO Christopher Roker.

“I am so proud of our MICU II nursing staff for achieving this outstanding recognition of nursing excellence! Your commitment to quality and safety in the delivery of patient care is exceptional, and your Beacon Silver Award is shining bright on Lincoln Hospital, congratulations to the entire team,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Chief Nursing Officer Lillian Diaz, DHA, RN, NEA-BC.

“Our nursing team is very proud to celebrate with our frontline team, this well-deserved testament of exceptional achievement for nursing excellence. The prestigious Silver-level Beacon award recognition is a true testimony to the compassion, dedication, teamwork and unwavering commitment, towards high quality patient care by the MICU2 II front line staff,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Deputy Director of Nursing Greta Bayne, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, CMC.

AACN President Terry Davis, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CHTP, FAAN, applauds the exemplary efforts of the caregivers at MICU II at Lincoln Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. “These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care,” Davis said. “The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”



CONTACT: Kencle Satchell, satchelk@nychhc.org, 718-579-5777

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, located in the South Bronx, is a 362-bed, Acute Care Level 1 Trauma Center and sees more than 168,000 emergency room visits and more than 600,000 outpatient visits annually. Clinical centers of excellence include: Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care; Breast Imaging; Designated Stroke Center, Diabetes Center and HIV/AIDS Center. Lincoln Hospital was the first Baby-Friendly designated hospital in the Bronx, providing clinical services and consultations for over 1,500 deliveries per year. The hospital emphasizes primary care and specialty medicine, using the latest advances in medical science. Lincoln is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the nation. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/lincoln or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LincolnHosp

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence
Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. U.S. and Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, and learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. To learn more, visit www.aacn.org/beacon or call (800) 899-2226.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and includes 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. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme.