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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano's Critical Care Unit was one of only four hospital units in Texas to receive the gold-level award.

PLANO, TEXAS, March 5, 2015 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has awarded Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano’s Critical Care Unit (CCU) a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence.

Established in 2003, the award recognizes hospital units that successfully demonstrate both improved patient outcomes and unit performance and also aligned practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Texas Health Plano’s critical care unit has 26 beds and is reserved for patients with life-threatening injuries or illnesses.

“Working in the critical care unit takes special dedication and highly-skilled nurses,” said Jenell Golladay, R.N., CCU manager at Texas Health Plano. “Being recognized with this award validates the exceptional CCU team at Texas Health Plano and our continued commitment to provide high-quality, evidence-based care to our patients.”

In order to be considered for the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, the ICU had to meet criteria established by the AACN, including:

- Leadership structures and systems

- Appropriate staffing and staff engagement

- Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development

- Evidence-based practices and processes

- Outcome measurement

Texas Health Plano’s CCU is one of only four hospital units in Texas — and the only unit within the Texas Health Resources system — to receive the gold-level award. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth’s ICU earned a silver designation. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst Euless Bedford’s CCU earned silver. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth’s neurosurgical ICU earned a bronze designation, and its med-surg ICU earned silver.

Texas Health Plano will be honored in the AACN’s magazine, as well as at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in May.

About Texas Health Plano

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 366-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,300 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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