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NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Receives Three Beacon Awards for Nursing Excellence

Jacobi Hospital received Beacon Awards for its Cardiac Catherization Lab, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Cardiac Critical Care Unit

The Beacon Awards are given by American Association of Critical‐Care Nurses, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world

Apr 11, 2024

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi leadership and staff

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi | North Central Bronx CEO Christopher Mastromano announced today that Jacobi has been awarded several Beacon Awards for Excellence for its Cardiac Catherization Lab (Gold Level), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Silver Level), and Cardiac Critical Care Unit (Silver Level). The Beacon Awards are given by American Association of Critical‐Care Nurses (AACN).

The AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 200 chapters in the United States. The Beacon Award for Excellence is a significant milestone that recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three‐year, three‐ level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“As I’ve said many times, Jacobi and North Central Bronx wouldn’t be able to operate without the perseverance and dedication of our nurses,” said Mr. Mastromano. “This award is further proof that our nurses provide world-class care to our patients.”

“We are extremely proud of our Cardiac Cath Lab nurses who have achieved the gold level Beacon Award for Excellence as well as our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Critical Care Unit nurses who achieved the silver level Beacon Award for Excellence. Our nurses strive for excellence every day and these awards validate what we have always known:  The nurses at Jacobi care for their patients with compassion and a focus on quality patient care,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Chief Nursing Officer Suzanne Pennacchio.   

“I am very pleased and proud to congratulate our nurses at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, who have earned a trifecta of honors from the American Association Of Critical-Care Nurses: one gold-level and two silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence designations,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “This is the first time in our system’s history that three units have received Beacon designations in the same week. These impressive achievements demonstrate the commitment and dedication of our Jacobi nurses in caring for patients and their families in the South Bronx community.”

“The prestigious gold-level Beacon Award recognizes Jacobi’s Cardiac Catheter Laboratory as one of only seven Cath Labs in the nation, the fourth in New York state, and the first and only unit in the Bronx to receive this respected recognition. Nurses in Jacobi’s Cardiac Catheter Lab are definitely setting a standard for nursing excellence,” Dr. Cineas continued. “It also gives me great pleasure to congratulate the Critical Care Unit (CCU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi both for attaining the AACN’s silver-level Beacon Award For Excellence. These awards are clear sign that these units maintain a positive and supportive work environment with a high degree of collaboration between colleagues and leaders, nurturing empowerment and leadership among the nursing staff, and working together to successfully improve patient outcomes.”

Those interested in getting care at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi can call 718-918-5000.


Contact: John Doyle, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi | North Central Bronx, 718-918-4055


About NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility has earned numerous Center of Excellence designations, accreditation, and recognition for its renowned Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, regional Stroke Center, Snakebite Treatment Center, Breast Health Center, Bariatric Surgery Center, and Cancer Service. The facility also offers the region’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber, allowing up to nine patients to dive together at one time. Jacobi’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its inpatient acute care, allowing staff to provide patients with high-quality service in a modern, state-of-the-art environment. For more information visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/locations/jacobi/.

About NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx (NCB) is a member facility of the New York City Health + Hospitals system, one of eleven acute care facilities within the City of New York. A 215-bed community hospital, NCBH specializes in women’s and children’s services. It also provides Behavioral Health acute and ambulatory care. Its busy outpatient department has led the way in community-based care delivered in a compassionate and culturally-appropriate manner. Its Labor and Delivery service safely brings more than 1,000 babies into the world each year. NCBH is committed to providing safe, high-quality medical care for any and all in need. For more information visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/locations/north-central-bronx/.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.