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Allen Hospital ICU Earns Beacon Award for Excellence

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has recognized the UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital Intensive Care Unit with a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence. Intensive care units are eligible for the recognition every three years, and Allen Hospital previously earned the award in 2017.

The Allen Hospital ICU is being recognized for successfully improving patient outcomes, aligning practice with the AACN’s six healthy work environment standards and meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership structures and systems
  • Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
  • Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development
  • Evidence-based practice and processes
  • Outcome measurement

Creating healthy and supportive work environments has been proven to empower nurses and other team members to make optimal contributions. In addition to performance measures that compare favorably to relevant benchmarks, the unit has additional