RIDGEWOOD, NJ – March 9, 2016 – The Valley Hospital is proud to announce that all four adult critical care units – Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Cardiac Surgery, and Intermediate Care – have once again received the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) in 2016. Valley’s Coronary Care, Cardiac Surgery, and Intermediate Care units received the Gold-Level Beacon Award, the Beacon Award’s highest distinction, and the Intensive Care Unit received the Silver-Level Beacon Award, the second highest distinction. Valley has more critical care units with Gold-Level Beacons than any hospital in the state of New Jersey.This is the fourth time that Valley’s critical care units have received this prestigious designation. “We are delighted that all four of our critical care units have once again been recognized with Beacon Awards for Excellence,” said Ann Marie Leichman, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Valley. “For our patient and families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care and acknowledges our nurses for their clinical expertise. It also demonstrates that we provide a positive and supportive work environment.” Established in 2003, The Beacon Award for Excellence is a three-year designation recognizing top U.S. hospital critical care units that meet standards of excellence in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; research and evidence-based practice; patient outcomes; leadership and organizational ethics; and creation of a healthy work environment. Units that achieve this designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Forum’s Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award. “The caregivers in these units are healthcare professionals committed to the best in patient care,” said AACN President Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, a clinical nurse specialist at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore. “The continued growth of the Beacon Award program shows the commitment of caregivers and their hospitals to work together to achieve healthy work environments that support excellent care of patients and their families.” About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 225 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. www.aacn.org; www.facebook.com/aacnface; www.twitter.com/aacnme About The Valley Hospital: The Valley Hospital is a 451-bed, acute care, not-for-profit hospital. The Valley Hospital has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and their Patient Safety Excellence award. Valley has also been honored three times with “Magnet” designation – the nursing profession’s highest honor. For more information, visit www.valleyhealth.com.