Lexington Medical Center Earns Prestigious Beacon Award

West Columbia, S.C. – Lexington Medical Center’s Surgical Intensive Care unit has received a silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for outstanding patient care and outcomes. The award goes to an elite group of hospitals around the nation. There are only three hospitals in South Carolina to receive this award, and Lexington Medical Center is the only one in the Midlands with this accomplishment.

“The staff of SICU/CVICU at Lexington Medical Center is dedicated to delivering excellent, compassionate care,” said Katie Hilton, RN, BSN, CCRN-K, nurse manager for SICU/CVICU. “We continually look for ways to improve patient outcomes and our patients’ experience. On behalf of SICU/CVICU, we are honored to receive the silver distinction and be recognized for our efforts by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.”

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” said AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN.

About Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center is a 438-bed hospital in West Columbia, South Carolina. It anchors a health care network that includes five community medical centers and employs a staff of more than 6,500 health care professionals. The network also has cardiovascular and oncology care affiliated with Duke Health, an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and approximately 60 physician practices. Lexington Medical Center operates one of the busiest Emergency departments in South Carolina, treating approximately 85,000 patients each year. The hospital delivers more than 3,500 babies each year and performs more than 23,000 surgeries. Lexington Medical Center is currently undergoing the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history by creating a new patient tower that will open in 2019. Lexington Medical Center has a reputation for the highest quality care. For more information, visit LexMed.com.

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