Miami Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Recipient of Gold Beacon Award for Excellence

Published on: 06/13/2012
Miami- The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Miami Children’s Hospital has received a gold Beacon award for excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). For patients and families, the Beacon award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. 

The gold award is the highest recognition level which demonstrates excellence in unit performance and patient outcomes. The AACN created the Beacon awards to recognize hospital nursing units that improve every facet of patient care. For the critical-care nurses, a Beacon award signifies a positive and supportive work environment as well as great collaboration between colleagues and leaders.

The PICU at Miami Children’s is the most experienced pediatric and neonatal Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) resource for children with life-threatening heart and lung conditions in the State of Florida.  It is one of three pediatric apheresis blood treatment centers in the State for children who require plasma exchange, red cell exchange, prosorba column, leukopheresis or stem-cell harvesting.

“This recognition demonstrates the commitment of our outstanding staff in advancing care excellence and optimal outcomes,” said Jackie Gonzalez, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Miami Children’s Hospital.  “We are delighted to be recognized for this tremendous achievement as it speaks to our dedication to the families in our care,” she said.

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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