Samaritan ICU Nurses Win Excellence Award

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit won a gold level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  

“The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds North American hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes,” according to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, or AACN, website.  

Each year, the AACN awards institutions with bronze, silver, or gold award depending on how they score against the nationally recognized standard. The award lasts three years. Samaritan is one of a few Oregon facilities to win a gold award, and the only one issued this year. Other Oregon gold award winners include Oregon Health and Science University, Randall Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, and Salem Health.   

According to an announcement by Samaritan Health, members of their staff feel honored to receive the Excellence Award.  

“This is a special award to me because it recognizes the outstanding care our nursing staff provides, day in and day out,” said Paula Stahl, nurse manager for the ICU.  

“We know our ICU team is special because of their skill, knowledge, talent and commitment to the highest standards,” said Tim Eixenberger, vice president of patient services for the hospital. “However, it is wonderful to have an independent association validate this.” 

By Samantha Sied