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Patients thank extraordinary nurses with DAISY Awards at MCR, PVH

For immediate release: Oct. 3, 2013                                   

Kelly Tracer, 970.624.1211 


Patients thank extraordinary nurses with DAISY Awards at MCR, PVH

Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital recently launched a new tradition to honor super-human efforts made by nurses in providing patient care.

The two University of Colorado Health hospitals joined 1,500 health care organizations worldwide in a recognition program, called the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The organizations regularly present the DAISY Award to their own outstanding nurses for clinical skills and compassion in bedside patient care. DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.

The first four DAISY recipients at MCR and PVH were honored in ceremonies before their nursing colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors.

The honorees included Charmaine Vincent, an operating room nurse at MCR; Kelli Dunn, a post trauma nurse at PVH; Dawnette Sheets, a pediatric nurse at PVH; and Riley Mulligan, who works in several PVH patient-care units.

{Find out more about the recipients}

Bonnie Clipper, MCR chief nursing officer, said the DAISY Award allows the hospitals to recognize fantastic nurses for the high quality of care that they provide on a regular basis.

“The best part is that it is the patients who nominate our nurses for the award. The winners receive national recognition on the website, which makes this award special to them as well,” Clipper said.

Donna Poduska, PVH chief nursing officer, said the two UCHealth hospitals decided to develop the recognition into a tradition.

“It’s important to recognize the extraordinary work that nurses do in caring for patients and their families every day,” she said. “The award also will help fuel our culture of providing excellence in patient care and recognizing staff members for their outstanding work.”

Patients, their families and other visitors are encouraged to nominate any nurse whom they feel has made a difference in their lives. Every month, a committee at each hospital will select one of its nominees to receive the DAISY Award.

Patients and their families can nominate nurses for the award through the GetWellNetwork program on the televisions in their rooms at either hospital. Also, MCR patients and patient families can submit a letter of nomination to Barb Ochsner, DAISY Coordinator, Resource Services, Medical Center of the Rockies, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, CO 80538. PVH patients and patient families can submit a letter of nomination to Jane Jostes-Wanek, DAISY Coordinator, Clinical Education, Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The foundation was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.

The care that he and his family received from nurses inspired his parents, Bonnie and Mark Barnes, to create the foundation and award to thank nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. The foundation is located in Glen Ellen, Calif.

Every recipient will receive a certificate and DAISY pin commending her or him for being an “extraordinary nurse.” Each honoree also will be given a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Bonnie Barnes, DAISY Foundation president and co-founder, said her family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide every day and night when Patrick was critically ill.

“Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do,” she said. “The kind of work the nurses at Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”

{Learn more about the DAISY Foundation and the award.} 

 --University of Colorado Health-- 

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