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  Children’s National Medical Center Honored for Nursing Excellence
April 20, 2012

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to have three Critical Care units given a Beacon Award by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award signifies a commitment to exceptional patient care through improved outcomes and achieving a healthy work environment.

Children’s National is home to three critical care units: the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. All three units received the Beacon status. The Cardiac ICU is the first pediatric unit to be given a gold-level designation, the highest given.

“Nurses are central to the care of our patients at Children’s National, and we’re pleased that the American Association of Critical Care Nurses has recognized our commitment,” said Nellie Robinson, RN, MSN, FAAN, Executive Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s National. “The Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction, which is a testament to the team of dedicated nurses, physicians, and healthcare providers in all of our ICUs.”

The NICU at Children’s National is a 54-bed unit that cares for some of the region’s sickest patients. The PICU cares for children with a variety of critical illnesses and treats more than 1,400 patients annually. With 26 beds, the Cardiac ICU is the region’s only cardiac-specific critical care unit focused on the needs of children.

The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award, according to AACCN.

Contact Children’s National Public Relations: Emily Dammeyer or Paula Darte, 202-476-4500


About Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.