Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL – Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) has received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for “providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families."

Gottlieb is one of only 21 patient care units in Illinois, and just 580 in the U.S., that have received a Beacon Award for Excellence, “a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments.” The award provides gold, silver and bronze levels of recognition, for a three-year term.

Beacon Award nominees receive a vigorous peer review of hospital unit processes and standards in the following categories:

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

“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Cleary, president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, and president of MacNeal Hospital. “Gottlieb’s critical care nurses and ICU team exemplify Loyola Medicine’s commitment to providing compassionate and uncompromising care.”

AACN President Megan Brunson applauded the commitment of the caregivers at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s ICU for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. 

“Receiving a Beacon Award for Excellence demonstrates a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families,” says Brunson. “Creating healthy and supportive work environments empower nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution.”

The Gottlieb ICU team will receive the Beacon Award during the AACN 2020 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 4-7, in Indianapolis. 

Gottlieb also recently received an ‘A’ for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, for the fourth time in a row.

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About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in Chicago's western suburbs that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from more than 1,800 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. & Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for more than 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 180 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research facility at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-licensed-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, including acute rehabilitation, an inpatient skilled nursing facility and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919. For more information, visit

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 106 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $19.3 billion and assets of $27 billion, the organization returns $1.2 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 129,000 colleagues, including about 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians.