Extraordinary nurse recognized at St. Catherine Hospital

(GARDEN CITY, KAS.) Nurses and nurse aids at St. Catherine Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation to recognize the unbelievable efforts nurses perform every day.

Recently, Kim Dewey, RN on the surgical floor was nominated by one of her patients and again by a family member of a patient. The family's nomination tells the story of the "cheerful" and "conscientious" care and compassion that Kim provided while their loved one was hospitalized. "She also has a great sense of humor; she made me feel better with her humor. Nurse Dewey was very caring to my mother and uncle who were staying with me. She went above and beyond her duties," said the nominating patient.

Each quarter, all nominations are reviewed and a nurse is selected by the DAISY committee. At a presentation given in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree receives a DAISY pin, certificate and "The Healer's Touch" sculpture created by the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe.

"Kim is a perfect example of an associate who is consistently willing to go that extra mile to help put a patient's mind at ease," said Vice President Clinical Services, Joben Rieth. "We are proud to honor her with the DAISY Award for the compassion and dedication she shows on a daily basis to each and every patient."

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick 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. This is but one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. More information is available on The DAISY Foundation.