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LIJ Valley Stream honored for excellence in critical care

LIJ Valley Stream critical care unit staff celebrate Beacon Award recognition.
LIJ Valley Stream critical care unit staff celebrate Beacon Award recognition.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses recognizes LIJ Valley Stream


The Critical Care Unit at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital (LIJVS) has earned a bronze Beacon Award for excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care and achieving optimal outcomes.

The recognition culminates a four-year journey in which the critical care team worked together to consistently raise the standard of patient care at LIJVS.  
To be eligible for the Beacon Award, LIJVS’s critical care unit had to meet specific criteria in the areas of: leadership, staffing and staff engagement, effective communication, knowledge management, learning development, evidence-based practice and processes and outcome measurements. The unit received a multi-level peer-reviewed evaluation, followed by a comprehensive feedback report.

Beacon of success

“The Beacon Award is a validation of our nursing excellence here at the hospital,” said Steve Bello, executive director, LIJ Valley Stream. “Our team is committed to providing safe, efficient patient-centered care, and this award acknowledges that level of care. Our nurses are proud to receive this honor, because it represents the hard work they put in everyday in the intensive care and critical care units.”

LIJVS is currently the fourth hospital in the Northwell Health System to receive the Beacon Award. North Shore University Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital have also been honored.

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