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Published on December 19, 2018

Moses Cone Hospital Intensive Care Unit Awarded Gold Beacon Award for Excellence

The honor reflects excellence in caring for the sickest patients.


The 2Midwest Medical-Surgical Intensive Care unit of The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital has earned a Gold Beacon Award of Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). 

Only 8 intensive care units in North Carolina have earned AACN’s gold designation. The award signifies better results for patients as well as excellent and sustained unit performance. The following attributes are used in assessing intensive care units: 

  • Using scientifically proven practices and processes in caring for patients.
  • Measuring patient results with an eye toward improvement.
  • Staff that is engaged and appropriate.
  • Effective leadership structures and systems.
  • Effective communication, learning and development.

These standards are similar to ones used by Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. 

“This is huge for our patients and our staff,” says Kenneth Rempher, PhD, RN, executive vice president/acute care services and chief nurse executive, Cone Health. “Of all the intensive care units in America, only 124 have achieved this level of quality and commitment. It is gratifying to know that one of them is right here at Cone Health.”

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