Mott 12 East team receives prestigious Beacon Gold Award

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s 12 East team has a reason to celebrate after receiving the prestigious Beacon Gold Award for Nursing Excellence!

The award is given out by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to individual hospital units across the country.

The 12 East team joins only around 150 hospital units nationwide to receive gold designation status — and only three in the state of Michigan.

According to the AACN, “Beacon awardees set the standard for excellence in patient care environments by collecting and using evidence-based information to improve patient outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction, and credibility with consumers. A Beacon Award signifies a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. The process can be driven by the nursing staff; nurturing empowerment and leadership.”

Celebrating together

“We’re so proud of our 12 East team!” said Luanne Thomas Ewald, M.H.A., FACHE, chief operating officer of Mott and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. “We had to celebrate this incredible achievement right on the unit.”

With that in mind, on Friday, C&W administration held an open-house celebration for the team complete with banner unveilings and ice cream carts.

“The 12 East team truly demonstrates that we are better together,” said Kelly Baird-Cox, D.N.P., R.N., chief nursing officer of Mott and Von Voigtlander. “This honor recognizes their excellence in nursing and patient care, but also their emphasis on teamwork and collaboration.”

All Mott and Von Voigtlander faculty and staff were welcome to stop by the unit, congratulate the team and grab a treat.

“I am so proud of the work that 12 East has done to achieve this gold level Beacon Award for Excellence,” said Nancy May, chief nurse executive. “Their consistent and systematic evidenced-based approach to patient care is exemplary. The entire team is to be commended for exceeding outcome measures, its high engagement, nurturing environment and collaboration between colleagues and leaders.”

Unit leadership were thrilled with the award and the ability to recognize the entire team’s efforts.

“We have received many accolades over the years but nothing compares to the Beacon Award as it demonstrates excellence in any and all areas.,” said Korey Poe, clinical nursing director for 12 East. “To achieve the Beacon Award — and especially gold status — you have to show excellence in staff engagement and satisfaction, patient outcomes and satisfaction, evidence-based practice and excellent communication across all disciplines to name a few. I could not be more proud of this team and am honored and privileged to be part of it.”