Thursday, October 6, 2022

Riverside Regional Medical Center’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit Receives Silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence

Sign up here for our free newsletter that tells you about the newest stories, three mornings each week.

NEWPORT NEWS-Riverside Health System announced that the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Riverside Regional Medical Center (RRMC) has earned the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes daily. Units that achieve the three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver, or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“As a Level II trauma center and the Peninsula’s only comprehensive stroke center, RRMC offers all levels of medical, surgical, and specialty intensive care for those who are acutely or critically ill,” said Sadie Thurman, vice president and chief nursing officer for Riverside Regional Medical Center, in a prepared statement. “We know that our patients and community members hope they will never require surgical intensive care, but if so, the Beacon designation provides added assurance that their loved ones are in excellent hands with our critical care nursing team.”

The 18-bed unit assists patients with acute, life-threatening or potentially life-threatening surgical conditions such as trauma, complicated vascular surgeries, neurosurgery, neurointervention surgeries after a stroke, and cardiothoracic surgery. The division’s nursing team consists of more than 65 registered nurses who work at patients’ bedsides with the interdisciplinary surgical critical care team.

“We are honored to receive the silver distinction and be recognized for our efforts by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses,” said Chris Mitchell, Director of Critical Care Nursing and Riverside Regional Medical Center. “The Beacon Award for Excellence is a testament to our team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered, and evidence-based care for our patients and their families.”

You must purchase this article or be a subscriber to comment on it.

Health Care Industry News

Colonial Behavior Health Offering Free Mental Health First Aid Training Workshop

WILLIAMSBURG-Colonial Behavioral Health is offering a training workshop on detecting symptoms of mental health problems, providing initial assistance, and methods to guide a person...

CHKD Celebrates The Opening Of The New Children’s Pavilion

NORFOLK-The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) is celebrating the opening of its newest facility, which is focused on children’s mental health, with...

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Offering Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event October 15

NEWPORT NEWS-A free drive-thru flu shot clinic will be held from 8am to noon on Saturday, October 15 at three Bon Secours locations across...

The New Local News Model

On July 1, we started a new way to pay for news. Yes, we want you to subscribe, but we know nobody subscribes to every site they visit just because there's a paywall.

So if you don't want to subscribe (even at the low price of $39.99 for a year), you can pay for access to individual articles. Or just buy a 24-hour pass, as if you were buying a single copy of a newspaper. We use a new payment service called Transact, which lets you pay for individual articles in as little as three seconds. And you will get $3 in credit when you sign up (just an email address, no credit card required), which will let you pay for at least 20 articles.

This is new for everyone, so we're going to ease you into this. Initially, there won't be many articles that you have to pay for. Short ones will always be free. And even the longer stories will let you read the first half or so for free. We'd love to hear what you think, so send us a note at