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Suburban Hospital Earns Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence
Contact: Ronna Borenstein-Levy
; 301-896-2598 ; rborenstein@suburbanhospital.org

Suburban Hospital's Critical Care Team

BETHESDA, MD, January 14, 2011 – Suburban Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes the top critical care units in hospitals nationwide.  


Suburban Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit is a 24-bed unit caring for critical medical, surgical and trauma patients, and is one of the designated units for stroke care.  According to the AACN, as a Beacon Award recipient, Suburban Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit earned distinction in the following areas, as measured against evidence-based national criteria:


Recruitment and retention

Education, training and mentoring

Research and evidence-based practice

Patient outcomes

Leadership and organization ethics

Healing environment


“AACN applauds the efforts and success of Suburban Hospital, which will now serve as a beacon for other hospitals and healthcare facilities,” said Kristine Peterson, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, President of the AACN. “Beacon units are a source of inspiration for other aspiring units. The recognition represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards.”


“I am so excited for my nursing unit to be recognized for the excellent care we provide to some of the area’s most critically ill and injured patients,” said Kimberly Kelly RN, MBA, CCRN, Nursing Director of the ICU at Suburban Hospital.  “We have a collaborative team approach and a dedicated staff who are passionate about the work they do.”

You can learn more about the award by clicking here.   

About AACN

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses.


About Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for more than 65 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.


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