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Health Check: Hasbro pediatric ICU receives excellence award

For a second time, Hasbro Children's Hospital received the Beacon Award for excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. (WJAR)

The national spotlight is on Rhode Island's only pediatric intensive care unit.

For a second time, Hasbro Children's Hospital received the Beacon Award for excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

The hospital is one of only 27 pediatric ICUs in the country to get the honor out of about 300.

And patients agree.

Seven-month-old Diyanna Castro-DeJesus spent a few days in the Hasbro ICU recently.

"She was having trouble breathing," said her mom, Tamara Castro.

"Awesome," is how she describes the care.

And that's what the American Association of Critical Care Nurses thought too when it honored this unit.

"So, that's really important because it shows that we're able to sustain our practice, that we're doing a good job," said Lisa Paolino, the clinical manager of this unit.

She said the nursing staff here got together and submitted a 47-page application demonstrating good clinical outcomes, a positive work environment and teamwork.

"They're extremely hard working. They're fun," Paolino said.

When you're dealing with the sickest young patients, fun, like laughter, is good medicine.

"So along with all of your skill, all of your knowledge and skill, you need to know all the latest Disney movies," said Paolino. "You need to know the music. If you remember when 'Frozen' was the big movie everybody knew every word to 'Let it Be,'" she said realizing her slip.

"'Let it Go,'" she corrects herself, laughing hysterically.

Which is something they do a lot here because when you're surrounded by machines and sometimes scary procedures, it's good to let it go!

Hasbro Children's Hospital was awarded its first Beacon Award in 2013.

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