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USC Verdugo Hills Earns Recognition for Excellence

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital’s medical surgical intensive care unit has received the prestigious GOLD Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
This esteemed honor recognizes the ICU’s exceptional strides in patient care, adherence to high standards of excellence and commitment to fostering a supportive workplace. Only 8% of hospitals in California are honored with this recognition.
The Beacon Award for Excellence serves as a vital benchmark for critical care nursing, ensuring patients receive unparalleled care during their most critical patient experiences. It signifies that the unit not only meets but surpasses standards in critical areas such as leadership, staffing, communication, education, evidence-based practice, and patient outcomes.
This achievement demonstrates USC-VHH’s unwavering dedication to elevating health care quality and ensuring patient safety, solidifying its position as a critical care leader in the local Foothills community. Recently, the hospital announced the launch of the USC Nursing Institute, a system-wide initiative to promote education, leadership development, clinical expertise and research among nurses.
USC-VHH is part of Keck Medicine of USC, the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, and one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area. The 158-bed acute care hospital has served patients in the cities of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge as well as the surrounding Foothill communities for 50 years.
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital’s services include a 24-hour emergency room staffed by USC faculty physicians; a primary stroke center; bariatric and minimally invasive surgery; OB-GYN and infant services; orthopedic surgery; occupational, physical and speech therapy; cardiac rehabilitation; and imaging and diagnostic services, including mammograms, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT scans and angiograms.

AACN Board President elect Jennifer Adamski is pictured with USC Verdugo Hills Hospitals intensive care unit members Linda Huynh front from left Justina Villela and Remita Hovsepian Back Jo Gaerlan Jean Philip Joyce Orquia Misak Anyan Susan Lee Kevin Barajas Yeji Kim and Raffi Boghossian

First published in the June 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

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