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St. David’s HealthCare is pleased to share with readers that St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is located on the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center campus, recently received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and perform best practices that align with AACN’s standards for a healthcare work environment.

Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide hospitals in providing exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. The NICU earned the silver award by meeting standards set by the AACN that exemplify success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes.

The NICU at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas is a Level III unit, and it provides life-saving treatments and technologies to care for critically ill and premature infants. It is the only NICU in Texas—and one of only 10 NICUs nationwide—to receive this award.

Pictured above (L to R): Tammy Miller, RN; Caitlin Martin, neonatal services manager; and Yvette McDonald, assistant chief nursing officer, at a recent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas NICU reunion located at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.

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