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An Extraordinary Nurse is Recognized at Myrtue with the DAISY Award

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An Extraordinary Nurse is Recognized at Myrtue with the DAISY Award

Nurses at Myrtue Medical Center are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33, in late 1999, from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known autoimmune disease. The care he and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Shortly after Patrick’s death, the nonprofit DAISY Foundation was formed with DAISY standing for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.

Myrtue Medical Center implemented The DAISY Award nomination in 2019 and an honoree is recognized twice per year in a special ceremony. In May 2024, during National Nurses Week, the DAISY award recipient at Myrtue Medical Center was Michelle Wageman, RN, BSN, who is a nurse in Myrtue’s Inpatient Department. Michelle’s winning nomination expressed the exceptional care she provided to the writer's elderly mother, while also addressing all health issues efficiently and with kindness. The writer also wrote how Michelle’s care was instrumental in the mother's recovery and return to her original living situation.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is recognized by healthcare facilities globally as a way to honor nurses. Patients, visitors, families, and colleagues can nominate nurses for this award. A multidisciplinary team selects the recipients. Nomination forms and collection boxes can be found in waiting areas across the facility or on Myrtue’s website. “This award truly highlights the incredible work our nurses do every single day for patients, families, and staff. We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” stated Karen Buman, Chief Nursing Officer. Congratulations to Michelle on receiving this honor and being a healthcare hero right here at Myrtue Medical Center!

Click here to nominate a deserving nurse for the DAISY Award.