DAISYs Are Blooming at Valley!

The first three DAISY Award-winning nurses honored at VMC

Three extraordinary nurses have been selected as the first Valley Medical Center (VMC) recipients of the esteemed DAISY Award: Colleen LeDrew, RN, BSN, CCRN, Critical Care Unit; Mark Navarro, RN, Infusion Center; and Erica Schindler, RN, Pediatric Mother Baby. Nominated by their peers, physicians, patients and families, other staff and administrators, these nurses not only exemplify clinical skill and leadership, but especially strong patient care and compassion.

Recently Valley Medical Center (VMC) became the 1,000th hospital to join The DAISY Foundation’s “DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses” program, honoring and celebrating nurses for the skill and compassion they bring to patients and families every day. Remarkably, the DAISY Award program was piloted at the University of Washington’s Seattle Cancer Care Alliance back in 1999. Today it boasts hospital partners across the U.S. and in seven countries.

“I am a big fan of the DAISY Award because of the stories people tell when they nominate a nurse,” said Scott Alleman, MSN, RN, Senior VP, Patient Care Services, Valley Medical Center. “They are beautiful stories about how nurses have made an impact on people's lives, typically at a time when those lives are most fragile. The DAISY Award recognizes an individual as a model caregiver who made a difference, something that all nurses aspire to.”

At VMC, DAISY Awards will be given to up to three deserving nurses each quarter, and they will be honored at a special reception. The first DAISY Award-honorees at VMC will be recognized today, Friday, May 11 at 1:00 pm at a ceremony in the main hospital lobby near the fountain. All are welcome to attend.

DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. The DAISY Award is an on-going recognition program in partnership with healthcare organizations that celebrates the extraordinary skill and compassion direct care nurses bring to their patients and families. It is one of three programs the Barnes Family created through The DAISY Foundation as a means of expressing their gratitude to the nursing profession for the outstanding care they experienced when J. Patrick Barnes was hospitalized for 8 weeks in 1999 with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). Patrick died of complications of this auto-immune disease at age thirty-three. But the family was so touched by his nurses that they felt compelled to say thank you by publicly. Since the DAISY Award Program’s inception in February 2011, over 20,000 nurses have received this recognition and more than 120,000 nominations have been written.

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