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ECMC Burn Center Receives National Award for Excellence

ECMC’s Roger W. Seibel, MD, Burn Treatment Center Earns American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Silver-Level Beacon Award for Excellence; Only Standalone Burn Treatment Center In New York State to Receive Award

BUFFALO, NEW YORK –Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation today announced that the hospital’s Roger W. Seibel, MD, Burn Treatment Center has been awarded a silver-level American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award for Excellence, which is a three-year designation highlighting the Center’s achievement of exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. ECMC’s Roger W. Seibel, MD, Burn Treatment Center is the only standalone burn treatment center in New York State to receive this national recognition of their clinical excellence.

ECMC Corporation President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD said, “For over 30 years the dedicated and compassionate clinicians of the Roger W. Seibel, MD Burn Treatment Center, the only center of its kind in Western New York, have provided high quality services to their patients. The Burn Center offers 24/7 care by a skilled burn healthcare team, providing specialized care to patients who have been burned or otherwise have a skin injury requiring specialized treatment. Receiving this important national recognition from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses affirms their focus to provide the highest quality of care with kindness and compassion for our community.”

AACN President Megan Brunson, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN-CSC, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at The Roger W. Seibel, MD, Burn Treatment Center at ECMC for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of our exceptional community of nurses, who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“Receiving a Beacon Award for Excellence demonstrates a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families. Creating healthy and supportive work environments empowers nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution,” Brunson explained. “Achieving this award is such an honor and brings such joy to those who have worked so hard to achieve excellence in patient care and positive patient outcomes.”

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by The Roger W. Seibel, MD, Burn Treatment Center at ECMC signifies an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders. The unit has evaluation and improvement strategies in place and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks. The Roger W. Seibel, MD, Burn Treatment Center at ECMC earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

AACN honors The Roger W. Seibel, MD, Burn Treatment Center at ECMC and other Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000 acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence: 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. U.S. and Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, and learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. To learn more, visit www.aacn.org/beacon or call 800-899-2226.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, 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. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme.

About the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation: The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has included an advanced academic medical center with 573 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility. ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences – the difference between healthcare and true care .



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