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Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Delta Health

Jul 15, 2019News

Delta, CO (July 15th, 2019) – Nurses at Delta Health (Delta Health) are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

Ten DAISY nominee RN recipients were recognized on Thursday July 11 th at Delta Health by Dawn Arnett, Medical Surgical Unit Manager and Jody Roeber, Chief Clinical Officer. The nominees were: Sherry Heinel, David Brodhead, Ashley Tregarthen, Cristina Liddick, April Bonata, Linda Speedie, Elizabeth Knob, Rhonda Galvin, Louie Luna and Meg Robinson.

The DAISY Award Winner for this quarter overall was Meg Robinson, RN, a Med/Surge nurse nominated by a co-worker and spouse of a patient. The application letter highlighted her understanding and compassionate approach working with her patients and families.

“Meg is an outstanding nurse that is fairly new to the practice, as well as a new mother,” said Arnett, Meg’s nurse manger. “She is diligent in her practice and shows her passion for the profession as well as her love and selflessness for her patients. We are fortunate to have her join our fabulous Med/Surg Team this last year!”

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. 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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The quarterly DAISY award recipient is chosen through a select Daisy Committee and Delta Health’s T.E.A.M. M.A.S.H through a scoring rubric recognizing the nurses P.E.T.A.L.S., (Passion, Empathy, Trust, Admirable attributes, Love and Selflessness) Applications are blinded to these committees and scored. Awards are presented four times throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.

Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “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, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Delta Health are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Daisy Coordinator Dawn Arnett commented, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.” We will honor our next quarter nominees for July, August and September in October.

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at Nominate a Delta Health DAISY today!!! At

Meg Robinson’s Nomination Letter:

I want to acknowledge Meg for her dedicated, detailed, compassionate care. My husband was admitted through the ER to the Med Surg floor. It was a frightening time as we didn’t know what was going on with his health. We have no family support in this state–it’s just the two of us and it is scary when you are relying on others to understand how important your loved one is to you.

I was so relieved when I saw that Meg was his assigned RN having worked with her in the Home Health dept. She was extremely understanding when speaking with my husband, took the time to explain everything to him (and myself) about what was going on and when I had to leave I felt a sense of peace that he was going to be looked after.

She understood that I was leaving & trusting her with my most precious gift.

Thank you Meg for all you do! You are a wonderful nurse and they are lucky to have you.

Judy Goodier – Family Member/Employee

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