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Published: May 19, 2010

By Tampa General Hospital


Tampa (May 19, 2010) - Tampa General’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence for spring 2009-2010 from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). For this period,  a total of 73 units out of an estimated 6,000,   or less than 1% of ICU’s in the country - were recognized for excellence by this award.    A total of 313 units have won the award since it was launched in 2003. The Beacon Awards recognize adult critical care, adult progressive care, and pediatric critical care units that achieve high quality outcomes. The ICU’s must meet a number of national Best Practice quality indicators to win the award, said Marilyn Herigstad, AACN’s Beacon Award coordinator. This is the second time that Tampa General’s Neuroscience ICU has won the prestigious recognition from the AACN; the unit received its first Beacon Award for 2007-2008.  This year it is one of two Neuroscience ICU’s in the country to receive a second Beacon Award. The Neuroscience ICU, now located in the new Bayshore Pavilion at TGH, was established more than 10 years ago and expanded over the last few years from 12 beds to 32 beds in 2008, said Tracey Lund, RN BSN CCRN CNRN and the unit’s nurse manager. It is the largest Neuroscience ICU on Florida’s west coast.  The other ICU’s at TGH who have been Beacon-Certified include Surgical Trauma ICU and Cardiothoracic ICU.  The only other Florida hospitals to receive this spring’s Beacon award were Florida Hospital in Orlando, Miami Children’s, and Shands in Gainesville. About 100 nurses work in the unit treating patients who have a variety of minor to complex neurological disorders, including brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, aneurysms, seizures, and other metabolic diseases.