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Presented by AACN, the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence has been given to the following 10 units: both the neurotrauma intensive care unit (ICU) and coronary care unit of Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn.; the cardiac care unit at Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.; the ICU at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J.; the ICU at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho; the neuromedical ICU at North Broward Medical Center in Pompano Beach, Fla.; the ICU at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn.; the cardiac ICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah; the ICU at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Tex.; and (two-time Beacon recipient) the adult medical surgical ICU at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.


In the 2004 hospital awards, Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, Va.; Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Conn.; and Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio won AACN's Beacon Award.


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society announced the 2005 CEO IT Achievement Award winners:Joel Allison, president and CEO, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, Tex.; George Halvorson, chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Oakland, Calif.; and Mark R. Neaman, president and CEO, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Evanston, Ill.


Wanona Fritz, BSN, MS, EdD, has joined HCCA International, Nashville, Tenn., as its chief nurse officer and director of international operations.


Kelly Healthcare Resources honored Ryan Kelso, RN, as its Nurse of the Year during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2005.

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Terry Ricca, RN, BSN, won the Girl Scouts' Women of Outstanding Achievement Award and the title of "People to Watch in 2005" from SJ Magazine for her service at Virtua Health, Marlton, N.J.