Bronson Medical Intensive Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Excellence

Published on December 29, 2017

Bronson Medical Intensive Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Excellence

Photo of Alisha M., a clinical coordinator on the Medical Intensive Care Unit holding the Beacon AwardThe American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently announced that the Bronson Methodist Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is a recipient of a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence. Only units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this designation which is awarded for a three-year term at the bronze, silver or gold level.

Bronson’s silver-level award recognizes MICU caregivers for successfully improving patient outcomes while maintaining a healthy work environment. According to Christine Schulman, AACN president, “Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care."

In southwest Michigan, this means that patients and their families receiving critical care services at Bronson Methodist Hospital benefit from the MICU’s:

  • Leadership structure
  • Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
  • Effective communication, knowledge management and learning and development
  • Outcome measurement
  • Evidence-based practice and processes

“We are incredibly proud of the work the MICU, and so many other units across the Bronson system, are doing to improve patient outcomes,” explains Denise Neely, MBA, BSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer of Bronson Healthcare and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Bronson Methodist Hospital. “This is another example of our teams going above and beyond to raise the bar and deliver an exceptional experience for every patient every time.”

Founded in 1969, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 200 chapters in the United States. 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. Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. To learn more, visit To learn more about AACN, visit, connect with the organization on Facebook at or follow AACN on Twitter at

  • Picture of Bronson Methodist Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit nurses

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