Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Attracts Excellent Nurses and Nursing Excellence Award

This year has been an exciting one for nursing at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital both for recruitments and national recognition of quality care.
On the honors front, the Critical Care and Intensive Care units at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital have received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The association is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, and it represents the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical nurses.
This is the second year in a row that Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has earned the honorable distinction. Only 15 hospitals across the nation received the Beacon Award this spring, and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital was the only hospital in California to take home an award.
The Beacon Award recognizes hospital units that exhibit the highest quality standards, exceptional care of patients and their families, and healthy work environments.
“The award indicates that clinical outcomes, quality, and a focus on patients and their families are foremost in our practice here at Cottage Health System,” said Herb Geary, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “Under the medical directorship of Dr. Jeff Fried, and the nursing leadership of Tokie Shynk, Gary Milgram, and Paula Gallucci, and our wonderful staff – Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has achieved national recognition in this accomplishment.
“We are told that our application is now being utilized as a teaching tool for new Beacon surveyors,” he added. “There is no higher form of flattery to be had.”
In 2008, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s passion for excellence attracted 19 new nursing graduates to pursue their careers at the hospital. All hold the prestigious Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from top-notch universities. The number of recent BSN recruits is more than double that of the year before.
A great working environment and excellent educational programs are among the top reasons nursing graduates give for choosing  to work at Cottage, said Scott Mumbert, recruitment manager for Cottage Health System.
“It’s all part of our culture here,” he added. “And, of course,  being in Santa Barbara is a big draw, too.”