SMC Honors Nurse with Prestigious DAISY Award(1)

(PUEBLO, COLO.) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center recently honored Marilee Krasovec, RN, with the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition for her compassion, commitment and patient-centered approach to care. The quarterly award, established by the national nonprofit DAISY Foundation, recognizes the extraordinary efforts nurses make in the lives of patients and their families every day.

Marilees effortless care and strong sense of compassion are precisely the traits that lie at the heart of the DAISY Award, said Constance Schmidt, chief nursing officer, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Marilees excellent clinical skills pair wonderfully with her kind soul and these are also the traits that embody the core values of our Mission here at St. Mary-Corwin.

Krasovec, a nurse in the hospitals medical/surgical department was nominated by a peer for showing tenderness and compassion during a patients last days. Krasovecs peers witnessed her finish a shift and then return to the hospital some time later with a bundle of Russian Sage, an item the patient spoke to Krasovec about. The nomination letter went on to say, Marilee saw some [sage] and knowing that the patient was at the end of their life, rushed it over so the patient could have the opportunity to smell the heavenly scent before passing awayeven though it meant coming back to work after a long shift.

Each quarter, a nurse is chosen as a recipient of the DAISY Award by a selection committee composed of St. Mary-Corwin nursing leadership and peers. During a presentation in front of the nurses colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive daisies, a certificate and a sculpture called A Healers Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The nonprofit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired Barnes family members to establish the DAISY Award to thank nurses across the country for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.

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