In honor of the nationally recognized Nurse Appreciation Week, Angel Medical Center honored outstanding members of their nursing staff during a reception on Monday.
When asked what the nurses at the hospital wanted as a “thank you” from the hospital, the nurses unanimously decided that instead of getting some sort of gift for themselves, they wanted to give back to the community. In honor of that request, Angel Medical Center donated $1,500 to the nonprofit organization Community Care Clinic.
Macon County's Community Care Clinic provides free medical services to citizens who cannot afford the care. The Clinic operates on donations and through volunteers. Numerous nurses and other staff members within the Angel Medical Center organization volunteer their spare time to the clinic.
The Angel Medical Center staff came together to show their appreciation to nurses whose mission it is to provide each and every patient with respect and compassion while at the hospital.
Members of the staff submitted nominees with testimonies on why individuals within the Angel Medical Center family deserve to be recognized for their hard work. The staff awarded Kathy Tallent with the Outstanding LPN award and Sandra Shepherd with the Outstanding CNA award.
Angel Medical Center gave out the very first DAISY award to Cara Smith, RN, for her” outstanding bedside manner and dedication to each and every patient.” DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system,” and is a program established by the family of Patrick Barnes, who was diagnosed in late 1999, with ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura), an auto-immune disease. Just days after Barnes passed away at the age of 33, his family began thinking of a way to thank all the nurses who helped make the last weeks of Barnes' life as comfortable as possible.
After filing the paperwork to become a nonprofit, the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses was created and piloted at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, whose nurses cared for Barnes during the last weeks of his life. The goal of the DAISY award is to “ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care.”