ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) Medical/Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (MCICU) has been awarded the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The award is specifically designated to recognize the nation’s top pediatric, progressive, and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals. It is presented to ICUs that achieve the highest quality patient outcomes, and demonstrate excellence and innovation.

The UNMH MCICU is one of 133 ICUs out of approximately 6,000 across the nation to receive the award. The Beacon Award is the highest achievement possible for an intensive care unit.

“The criteria for the award includes establishing high standards for patient outcomes, using evidence-based practice, and sustaining a healthy work environment,” said Kathy Garcia, MCICU unit director. “This award would not be possible if it weren’t for the dedication and commitment to excellence the MCICU staff demonstrates on a daily basis. It’s an honor to be recognized by the AACN as the first intensive care unit in New Mexico to receive the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.”

Garcia will be attending the AACN’s annual conference this May to accept the honor.


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322