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Hilo Medical Center Intensive Care Unit Receives Beacon Award

team members holding congratulations banner

(Hilo, Hawaii) – Hilo Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit is the latest to be recognized for providing exceptional, nationally recognized care. After a seven-month long application process to demonstrate the unit’s progress over three years, the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) announced HMC’s ICU as the recipient of the Beacon Award for Excellence.

The unit has been recognized for employing evidence-based practices to improve patient outcomes and patient and staff satisfaction. As a bronze-level awardee, HMC’s ICU demonstrated success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes.

“Over the past three years, our ICU has worked hard toward its goal of integrating best practices to achieving a higher quality of care and patient satisfaction,” said Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “This awards program is unique in the way it provides a road map and tools for our ICU to develop and further the improvement in care, outcomes and patient satisfaction.”

“Certainly, our goal is to attain the gold-level of the Beacon Award,” said Arthur Sampaga Jr., HMC’s Chief Nursing Officer. “Our patients are already benefitting from our staff having engaged in the Beacon award program by applying significant changes to the unit workflow and processes.”

“In addition, by participating in the Beacon award, our staff has been motivated to obtain their national certification in Critical-Care Nursing,” added Sampaga. “Today, the majority of our ICU staff is certified and has a deeper understanding and competency of what it takes to care for our sickest patients. I congratulate our staff for assuming responsibility in achieving the goals they’re setting for themselves.”

The seven-month process of applying for the Beacon Award was a project initiated by staff. A small group of nurses worked together to gather the data, answer the many questions in the application, and put together a 52-page report on the progress of HMC’s ICU over the last three years. This report and process underscored the value of excellence with recognition as a state and national leader in sepsis treatment, infection control, and patient safety. The AACN responded with a comprehensive feedback report to chart the journey as the unit works over the next three years to apply for the next silver-level.

In May 16-19, 2016, six representatives from HMC’s ICU will attend the AACN National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in New Orleans to receive the award. The group will also about the latest best practices to bring back home to share and implement.

AACN’s Beacon Award of Excellence for Hilo Medical Center follows several other recent honors and accolades recognizing important milestones in its transformation as a leading hospital in Hawaii and the nation.

leadership team holding congratulations banner

(l-r) Jeanean Dillard, Director of Surgical and Intensive Care Services, Leilani Schabell, Beacon Project Lead and recently named ICU Nurse Manager, Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional CEO, Maureen Gapp, recently retired ICU Nurse Manager, and Arthur Sampaga, Jr., Chief Nursing Officer celebrate the ICU’s national recognition.