Extraordinary Nurses Recognized

(GARDEN CITY, KAS.) Nurses at St. Catherine Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nursing. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The first DAISY Award recipient of 2016 is a LPN on 2 south, Deidra Smith. Deidra is married to Kenny Smith and they have 2 children; Brevon and Alexis. She is currently a gestational surrogate for a lifelong friend and they are due in August. Deidra graduated from Garden City Community College. One of the nomination form reads, "Deidra was my nurse for 2 days during my hospital stay. She went above and beyond to make a connection with me as a patient and made me feel like a priority....she was amazing all the way around."

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation 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.

Award nominations may come from a peer or patient and selection is determined by the St. Catherine Nursing Advocacy and Diversity Council. At a presentation given in front of colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending them for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The honoree is also given a beautiful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, please go to www.DAISYfoundation.org.


* President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, Bonnie Barnes says, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at St. Catherine Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

* Chief Nursing Officer Joben Rieth said, "Deidra is a fine example of the hard work and dedication nurses provide every day. She exemplifies St. Catherine Hospital's core vision and values during a patients most critical and vulnerable moments."

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Media Contact:
Shawna Deal
St. Catherine Hospital, Centura Health
Community Relations Coordinator