North Shore University Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Unit Receives Silver Beacon Award for Excellence

The Cardiothoracic Unit at North Shore University Hospital earned a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

MANHASSET, NY – The Cardiothoracic Unit (CTU) at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) received a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), marking the second intensive care unit at NSUH to receive the esteemed designation this year. In February, NSUH’s Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit was honored with a Silver Award.

The national award recognizes hospital unit caregivers who provide exceptional patient care in a healthy work environment and who distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. Units that achieve this three-year designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“The Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and overall great patient and family satisfaction,” said Alan Hartman, MD, senior vice president and executive director of Cardiothoracic Services at Northwell Health. “NSUH CTU is at a pinnacle of excellence, a unit that is saturated with exuberance, empathy and positive energy, a unit that cares for the most challenging and ill patients in our health system. Congratulations to nursing for this exceptional accomplishment.”

The silver designation was received for scoring high in the following categories: Leadership Structures and Systems; Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement; Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development; Evidence-Based Practices and Processes; and Outcome Measurement.

“This prestigious award honors the exceptional nursing care provided for our patients and families in the CTU at North Shore University Hospital,” said Kerri Scanlon, RN, chief nursing officer at NSUH and deputy chief nurse executive at Northwell Health. “The team embodies the highest level of professionalism, skill and caring to a highly acute and complex patient population.”

The CTU is a 22-bed intensive care unit that provides care for patients requiring cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery of varying complexity. In line with the most current evidence-based practices, the unit routinely performs coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair/replacement, aortic aneurysm repairs, dissections, left-atrial appendage ligation, maze procedures, mitral clip and a new minimally invasive procedure for atrial fibrillation called “the convergent procedure,” which combines the best of electrophysiology and cardiac surgery treatments to help restore a normal heart rhythm.

“The nurses of the Cardiothoracic Unit are a cohesive team of professionals who collaborate with the interdisciplinary team providing outstanding care,” said Donna LaConti, RN, assistant director of Patient Care Services. “They work diligently to provide exceptional care within a high acuity unit while simultaneously supporting each other through laughter, friendship and collegiality.”

To learn more about the Beacon Award of Excellence, visit or call 800-899-2226.

About North Shore University Hospital
North Shore University Hospital is one of the flagship hospitals of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit

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