Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Coronary Care Unit Named One of Best in Houston Gulf Coast Area

August 17, 2005

Houston VA Coronary Care Unit Named One of Best in Houston Gulf Coast Area

HOUSTON - The Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center was recently awarded the COMET award by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses - Houston Gulf Coast Chapter. The COMET award is used by the organization to recognize the three intensive care units in the Houston Gulf Coast area that attain high quality care, provide excellent care to patients, and demonstrate a healthy workplace for nurses.

"The American Association of Critical Care Nurses scrutinized our policies to see if they are based on nationally recognized levels of evidence-based practice, if we perform ongoing data collection to support evidence-based practice, and if the nurses in our unit, based on patient assessment, can initiate requests for interdisciplinary referrals of services," said Loreta Tumangan, R.N., CCU nurse manager.

For the COMET award, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses - Houston Gulf Coast Chapter examines the recruitment and retention; education, training, and mentoring; evidence-based practices; patient outcomes; healing environments; and leadership and organizational ethics of the organization.

"I am very proud of the job our nursing staff does here at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Our personnel are very dedicated and we take seriously the job of serving those who have served our country," said Susan Dierker, R.N., Medical Care Line nurse executive.

Established in 1969 to help educate nurses working in newly developed intensive care units, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the world's largest specialty nursing organization.

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