Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Critical Care Units Recognized for Nursing Excellence


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.



This is the second year in a row that SBCH has earned this honorable distinction. Only 15 hospitals across the nation received the Beacon Award this spring, with the recognition ceremony held in Chicago in May. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the flagship hospital of Cottage Health System, was the only hospital in California to receive 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.


Critical care units and intensive care units bear the responsibility of caring for the most critically ill patients in a hospital, and they rank high among the most demanding and stressful places to work.


“Earning a Beacon Award sends a clear message that these units are providing exceptional care and that their commitment to evidence-base practice is unwavering,” said Dave Hanson, president of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, based in Aliso Viejo. The association is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical nurses.


About Cottage Health System


Cottage Health System is the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (and its associated Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital and Cottage Children’s Hospital), Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. Cottage Health System is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater Santa Barbara community. Last year, the not-for-profit hospitals provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 63,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments, and helped deliver 2,800 newborns.