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MCR surgical intensive care unit earns highest designation


For immediate release: May 14, 2013

Kelly Tracer, 970.624.1211,

MCR surgical intensive care unit earns highest recognition 

The surgical intensive care unit at Medical Center of the Rockies has earned one of the highest recognitions given to critical care programs.

199 – The number of units that have received the Beacon Award for Excellence since 2011. Those units include:
54 - Gold-level recipients.
17 - Surgical units.
30 - Cardiac units.
4 – Hospitals in Colorado.
Source: American Association of
Critical-Care Nurses.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently recognized the MCR unit with a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, which recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices for a healthy work environment.

“For patients and their families, this award is another indicator that they are being cared for by an exceptional team of providers that is a role model for all critical care programs,” said Bonnie Clipper, the chief nursing officer at MCR. “For the staff on the unit, this award means that all of the time and commitment that is put into identifying and implementing best practices that improve patient outcomes have not gone unnoticed.”

MCR is among just four Colorado hospitals that have units that currently hold the Beacon designation. The list also includes University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver and Denver Health Medical Center.

Kathryn E. Roberts, the president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, referred to recipients of this award as stellar and applauded the commitment of the caregivers of MCR’s surgical intensive care unit for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.

The MCR surgical intensive care unit is a 12-bed unit that is staff by 38 registered nurses and four unit assistants in addition to physicians and numerous support staff who care for most of the hospital’s most critically ill or injured patients. Many of these patients require intensive nursing management for unstable neurological conditions, hemodynamic monitoring, respiratory distress, trauma or sustained low-efficiency dialysis.

The unit earned the gold award by meeting evidence-based criteria such as leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management; learning and development and best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes.

Down the hallway from the surgical intensive care unit is the 12-bed cardiac intensive care unit, which has won the Beacon Award for Excellence three times as well. That unit’s most recent recognition came in 2011, when the association awarded a silver-level Beacon Award of Excellence.


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