University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is the first and only hospital in the state of Iowa to have a Gold Beacon unit designated by The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Additionally, four units have earned Silver Beacon awards.
Gold Beacon Award for Excellence
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
- 4 Roy Carver Pavilion (RCP)
Silver Beacon Award for Excellence
- Surgical and Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
- 4 John Pappajohn Pavilion (JPP)
- 3 John Colloton Pavilion (JCP)
- 2 Roy Carver Pavilion (RCP)
- Burn Treatment Center
About the Beacon Award for Excellence
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)'s Beacon Award designates three levels recognizing significant milestones along a unit’s journey. For patients and families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses, a Beacon Award signals a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. The Beacon Award includes bronze, silver and gold levels so that a unit can chart its excellence journey over time. Beacon Award recipients receive a three-year designation.
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