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DAISY nursing award is coming to AACH

Nursing leaders wanted to extend the prized award to Ashland to ensure that nurses on all three campuses are recognized.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a way that grateful patients and colleagues can recognize exceptional care, will soon be offered at Asante Ashland.

In partnership with the DAISY Foundation, this program will bring deserved recognition to AACH nurses as it has at ATRMC and ARRMC. Nursing VP Amanda Kotler and AACH nursing director Amalia Kieley announced that the program kicks off in Ashland on April 1.

The Daisy Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes. Patrick passed away from complications of ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) at the age of 33. Patrick’s family wanted to turn their grief into something positive to honor him, so the Barnes family came up with DAISY — an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Barnes’s family was overwhelmed by the compassion and kindness Patrick’s nurses brought to the bedside day in and day out during his eight-week hospitalization.

The Barnes family and Asante believe that nurses are the unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition and honor than they receive, so the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created.

A nurse can be recognized for any gesture of compassionate care, whether it is exceeding a patient’s expectations, easing their fears, anticipating their needs or whose care made a lasting impression. Any nurse can be nominated by a patient, family member, co-worker or provider.

Nominees are all honored, and quarterly one nominee will be recognized with a special celebration, certificate and other goodies.

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