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Gwinnett Medical Center Only Hospital in State to Win Critical Care Award


Lawrenceville, GA—Gwinnett Medical Center is the only hospital in Georgia to win the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence twice. The award is given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to recognize the nation’s top hospital critical care units. Beacon Award winners have exhibited the highest quality standards, exceptional care of patients and their families and healthy work environments.

“Our Beacon Award journey has constantly challenged us to raise the bar for quality patient care standards and a healthy work environment,” said Joanne Culvern, RN, CCRN, clinical manager of the ICU at GMC. “The ICU staff has embraced tremendous change and become engaged in transforming the care that is delivered in our unit. The staff has discovered how their individual contributions directly impact patient outcomes. We are proud to meet AACN's rigorous criteria for critical care excellence and appreciate the recognition for our achievements.”

Critical care units that are recognized by the AACN as a Beacon Award recipient, the unit must have:

  • Excellence in the intensive care environments in which nurses work and critically ill patients are cared for;
  • Recognized excellence of the highest quality measures, processes, structures and outcomes;
  • Collaboration, communication and partnerships that support healing and humane environments;

“Earning a Beacon Award sends a clear message that these units are providing exceptional care and that their commitment to evidence-based practice is unwavering,” said AACN President Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS. “They serve as beacons for other hospitals and healthcare facilities to use in navigating the rough waters of acute and critical care nursing.”

About AACN/Beacon Award
Beacon Award criteria include innovation/excellence in, education, training and mentoring, evidence-based practice and research, patient outcomes, and organizational ethics. For more information on the Beacon Award, visit

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses. Complete information about AACN is available online at

About Gwinnett Medical Center Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing high quality facilities and services to Gwinnett and the surrounding community. With over 4,300 employees and 800 physicians, the GMC provided care in 2007 to over 400,000 patients. In 2007, Gwinnett Medical Center launched Project PATH—to plan, advance and transform healthcare in Gwinnett County.