May 28, 2019 | News & PR

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, has earned the 2019 Silver Beacon Award for Excellence, presented by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to recognize the nation’s highest performing hospital ICUs.

It was the first hospital in the Buffalo area to receive the Beacon Award in 2012; this is its third consecutive award. Currently only 54 hospitals in New York State have received this award, which is given to ICUs that consistently exhibit high quality standards, exceptional care of patients and families, and healthy work environments.

Created to recognize individual nursing care units that distinguish themselves in the care of patients and their families, the Beacon Award for Excellence is a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.

“We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality patient care outcomes, through essential staff training and effective recruitment and retention of our nurses,” said Kristen Parisi, RN, CCRN-K, BSN, nurse manager of the Kenmore Mercy ICU. “Beacon represents collaboration of all staff members and providers who care for patients in the ICU.”

The critical care team is comprised of physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nursing attendants, patient care managers, clinical educators, respiratory therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, physical therapists, chaplains, clerks and housekeeping.