When children require intensive care due to injury, illness or recovery from a complex surgery, it’s essential that their caregivers have the resources, support and workplace environment needed to provide an exceptional quality of care. Now, Gillette patients and their families can feel even more confident that they’re receiving the very best care possible.

Gillette’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) recently received the prestigious gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, the highest honor given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).  Even more exciting, Gillette is the only children’s hospital in the region to receive the honor.  The closest children’s hospital with a gold-level designation is located in Cincinnati.Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, PICU Group Photo

The Beacon Award recognizes excellence in all aspects of critical care, from infection rates and outcomes measures to department structure and employee engagement.  Recipients must successfully improve patient outcomes and align with the organization’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards.   This was the first time Gillette applied for the award.

Dawn Baddeley, RN, manager of Gillette’s PICU, says the application required painting a comprehensive picture of the PICU’s structure, mission and values.  “The AACN doesn’t just want to know what we are doing to continue to improve our safety and quality, they want to know how we are doing it,” she says. “They really get to the root of our culture and how we are on a journey of improvement.”

“I’ve always known there was something special about Gillette,” adds Baddeley. “Our nurses love Gillette, love its mission. And we hold ourselves to the highest standards.”

Baddeley says that Regions Hospital, with whom Gillette partners to operate Minnesota’s first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, provided support and encouragement during the 18-month long application process.  Two Regions Hospital inpatient units have silver-level Beacon Awards.

The AACN gives the award in three-year cycles. Gillette will continue to apply for the recognition. 

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