CHOC Children's

CHOC Pressroom

January 27, 2012

CHOC Children’s Hospital is proud to announce that its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has earned the 2012-2015 Gold Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award presented by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). CHOC Children’s is the only pediatric hospital on the West Coast to earn the Gold-level award. Overall, it is the third Beacon award for the hospital’s PICU. This recognition represents CHOC’s extraordinary commitment to high quality critical care standards, and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families. 

“We take tremendous pride in earning the prestigious Gold Beacon Award and to be recognized as one of the handful of hospitals who have received a Beacon Award multiple times,” said Julie Vaupel-Phillips, MHA, RN, CCRN, director of PICU and Emergency Transport Services. “It’s a validation of the unwavering dedication and commitment to excellence that are the standard hallmarks of our PICU.”
The CHOC PICU succeeded in the following areas, as measured against evidence-based criteria:
·  Leadership Structures and Systems
·  Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement  
· Effective Communication, Knowledge Management,
  Learning and Development, Best Practices
·   Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
·   Patient Outcomes
About AACN
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses. Its international headquarters are located in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Founded in 1969, the Association has more than 240 chapters worldwide and is working toward a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. Additional information about AACN is available online at or by calling (800) 899-2226.

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.


Media Contact:
Monica Garcia, Sr. Public Relations Specialist
phone: (714) 289-4183