Emory Healthcare Receives its Third Beacon Award for Excellence

Cardiac Critical Care Unit (3G/4G) NursesThe Beacon Award for Excellence is a prestigious honor given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for “adult critical care, adult progressive care and pediatric critical care units that achieve high quality outcomes.” Out of the 6,000+ intensive care units in the US, less than 300 of these units have received the Beacon Award and only six Beacon Awards have been bestowed to programs within the state of Georgia.

Emory Healthcare is very pleased to announce that we have received our third Beacon Award; this time for Emory University Hospital’s Cardiac Critical Care Unit (3G/4G). To receive the award, each critical or intensive care unit must demonstrate excellence in 42 different criteria in six different categories, including innovation/excellence in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; evidence-based practice and research; patient outcomes; creating and promoting healing environments; and leadership and organizational ethics.

“This is a tremendous recognition for Emory University Hospital and the nursing team on 3G/4G CCU, which has demonstrated a consistent drive and dedication toward delivering outstanding patient care for some of Emory’s most seriously ill patients and their families,” says Susan Grant, MS, RN, NEA, Emory Healthcare chief nursing officer.

“We have been working toward this designation since 2007 because we feel that such an honor is not only unique to very few nursing units across the country, but also shows our commitment to providing our patients and their families with the very best level of care possible,” says Yanxia Li, RN, CCRN, advanced nurse clinician.

“This is a unit that not only specializes in the treatment of heart-related patient care, including heart attacks, heart failure, difficult arrhythmias, and advanced interventional procedures, but it is also the unit that takes care of any other patient within the hospital requiring a bed. So we have developed the reputation of specializing in care for any situation,” continues Li. “As a result of that flexibility and drive to tackle any challenge, everyone here shares an equal responsibility for providing excellent care in a team environment. I am incredibly proud of the hard work each member of our team has put into this award and, more importantly, how it represents the ideals we all share together.”

Receiving the third of only six such awards honoring intensive care units in Georgia is a tremendous accomplishment and we at Emory Healthcare are all very proud of the outstanding patient care our team delivers each and every day to warrant such an honor.

As Robert Bachman, chief operating office for Emory University Hospital summarizes, “When our patients and their loved ones choose Emory University Hospital to receive care – whether they travel across the state or across the street – they never ask what types of awards our nurses have earned, but they know that those nurses are providing them with the safest, most compassionate care possible.”

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  • Michelle M.

    My husband was a patient on 4G CCU in April 2010 following cardiac surgery and it was a very positive experience. The nurses were compassionate and caring and included the family, as much as possible, in his care. They went above and beyond what was required of them and made his stay and our visits as pleasant as they could be. 🙂

    • Morgan Griffith


      We’re so glad to hear that you and your husband had such a positive experience with our 4G CCU nurses! They are a wonderful team and very deserving of the recognition they have received with this Beacon Award. Thank you very much for this feedback. We truly appreciate your kind words and will be sure to pass them along to the nursing team! Thanks again!