Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Receives Second AACN Silver-Level Beacon Award for Excellence

(Bryn Mawr, PA, April 2, 2015): The Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU) of Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health, received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) 2015 silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time. The three-year award (2015-18) recognizes caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. The NCICU is one of only 12 critical care units in Pennsylvania and one of 24 in the United States to receive the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence this year.


“It’s an honor for the NCICU to receive their second Beacon Award, and it is a true reflection of the hard work provided by our skilled and dedicated nursing staff,” said Marianne Harkin, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Bryn Mawr Hospital. “The staff consistently works as a team to ensure that providing evidence-based, superior care is their top priority.”


To win this award, the NCICU met national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and National Quality Healthcare Award. The silver-level award is based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership structures and systems
  • Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
  • Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development
  • Evidence-based practice and processes
  • Patient outcomes


The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds North American hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. Silver-level recipients demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s ICU received the silver-level Beacon Award for 2013-16, Lankenau Medical Centers’ Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) and ICU units received the silver-level Beacon Award for 2012-15, Paoli Hospital’s ICU received the gold-level award for 2013-16, and Riddle Hospital’s ICU received the gold-level award for 2014-17.


About 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 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients.


About Bryn Mawr Hospital

Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 319-bed, not-for-profit acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to helping the community stay well ahead on the path to life-long health. Bryn Mawr Hospital has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. The Hospital has been nationally recognized by Press Ganey, Truven Health Analytics, The Joint Commission and other healthcare ratings organizations for its outstanding quality of patient care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has been named among the top ten hospitals in the Philadelphia metro area in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, and is ranked as high-performing in nine categories: cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. The Hospital offers a full range of services, including cancer care, orthopedic care, cardiovascular care, maternity care, bariatrics, neurovascular and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, all aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and innovative technology such as the da Vinci® Surgical System’s robotic technology and RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Through Bryn Mawr Hospital’s collaboration with the Jefferson Neuroscience Network, the university-affiliated Neurovascular Center offers rapid access to advanced diagnostics and treatment options for stroke care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has also collaborated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to include round-the-clock pediatric care for the pediatric inpatient unit and in the pediatric emergency department with additional board-certified emergency medicine physicians. For more information about Bryn Mawr Hospital, visit