ARRMC’s ICU wins a top national recognition

ICU team photo.


ARRMC's Intensive Care Unit recently earned the 2022 gold Beacon Award for excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, an honor awarded to exceptional critical care units.

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit has achieved the extraordinary while enduring the onslaught of unprecedented challenges, overwhelming capacity and tremendous loss unleashed by the pandemic.

The ICU recently earned the 2022 gold Beacon Award for Excellence, an honor bestowed upon critical care units that achieve exceptional outcomes in:

  • Leadership structures and systems.
  • Appropriate staffing and engagement.
  • Effective communication.
  • Knowledge management and learning development.
  • Evidence-based practice and processes.
  • Outcome measurements.

Of the three levels of achievement, which include bronze and silver categories, gold is the highest level. It is given to units whose outcomes set the standard of care across the nation. The honor is granted by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

ARRMC ICU has applied for the Beacon Award since 2011, earning the silver twice and the bronze once. (Each designation is for three years). Only 66 units in the country earned the gold-level honor for 2022.

Receiving gold designation with this most recent application reflects the hard work the ICU team contributed every day for every patient during the past three years — the hardest in the unit’s history. The ICU team provided exemplary care and very much deserves this national recognition.

Achievement of this award is even more remarkable given the health care climate in which it was attained, and it is evidence of this team’s sheer grit, determination and commitment to quality, despite the obstacles they may face.

Due in part to the generosity of the Asante Foundation, four members of the team responsible for submitting the application will have the honor of attending the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute in May to receive the award in person.

Congratulations to the ICU staff for this incredible achievement and thank you for the passion and dedication you have shown to ensure the sickest patients in our community continue to receive excellent care.

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Paula Tessen RN retired
    April 22, 2023 12:39 am

    Awesome accomplishment! Congratulations to all!

  • Jennifer Burke
    June 24, 2023 7:56 am

    On 4/12/23, I walked in and rang the ICU Buzzer. “Hi I’m here to check myself in. I had a head shunt placed a week before and it had ended up with a pseudomonas infection, I spent a week and a half with your amazing team, I give major props to my one on one nurses, Haley, RJ, Lindsey,Xander, Maggie , Theta, Kristen and to the rest of the team up there. You guys were amazing and I was extremely blessed and grateful for the care and compassion I was shown. I am on the mend, and the scares are starting to sprout hair. So thank you again all of you for your dedication, compassion and teamwork.


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