Sentara Neuro Intensive Care Unit Team Wins National Award
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January 14, 2003-Norfolk, Va.-Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's Neuroscience's Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Team was named as a winner of the 2003 American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) InnoVision Award. This is one of the AACN's Circle of Excellence awards given each year to health care providers to recognize the excellent care they give to for patients and families, the services they offer to the community the contributions they make to community education.

"We're excited to have won this award," says Shirley Wharton, Sentara Senior Vice President and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Nurse Executive. "I'm very proud of the staff in the NICU. This award recognizes the excellent care and incredible contributions our team makes every day to our patients and families. It is indeed an internal benchmark for critical care in the Sentara system."

The NICU team will receive the InnoVision Award in May at the AACN's national meeting. Sentara Norfolk General Hospitals' NICU team was nominated by LifeNet, the organ procurement organization that serves the hospital. LifeNet has worked closely with the NICU at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in the area of organ donation for many years and in nominating the team cited "the exceptional care provided to patients by critical care professionals who consistently and compassionately act as a donation advocate."

Sentara's NICU team, part of the Sentara Neuroscience Network, is made up of 31 Registered Nurses and 6 Nursing Care Partners. The RN staff totals 367 years experience in nursing and the Care Partners total 58 years. The team specializes in the care of critically ill Neuroscience patients.

Critical care nurses and AACN chapters who have made a difference in healthcare and their communities are chosen each year to receive AACN Circle of Excellence recognition awards, sponsored by AACN and our Partners with Industry corporations.

The AACN InnoVision Award recognizes initiatives and programs that are designed to meet specific needs of families of the acute and critically ill in innovative ways, and show collaboration and support between individuals. The award also recognizes teams that have developed initiatives and/or programs with input from families, institutions and communities.

The NICU team has a long list of providing community service programs including: Stroke Prevention; Health and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention; Organ and Tissue Procurement Topics; Diving tips for the Handicapped; Ethics Topics; Missionary trips and youth camps; Meals for shut-ins; School volunteers and United Way Day of Caring.

About Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a 569-bed tertiary care facility, known regionally and nationally for many of its specialized services and dedicated facilities in the Sentara Heart Pavilion, including the Sentara Cancer Institute, transplant programs, microsurgery, minimally invasive surgery techniques, neuroscience and reconstructive surgery. The hospital is the area's only Level I Trauma Center and has been named the Quality Leader among Hampton Roads' hospitals for six straight years by the National Research Corporation, a recognized leader in health care performance measurement.

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