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Extraordinary Nurses recognized at Delta Health with DAISY Award

Nov 8, 2022News

Delta, CO (November 8, 2022) – 24 nurses at Delta Health were honored with nominations for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ® to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every single day. 

Nurses were honored on October 25 for the third quarter nominations from July, August, and September. 

This quarter’s DAISY nominees were Registered Nurses: Jody Moore, Hillary Johnson, Dani Jones, Sage Long, Samantha Alsobrook, Jan Humphrey, Julia Kline, Glenda Gallegos, Erin Houk, Lucian Duncan, Jody Hyatt, Vallerie Bucani, Joanna Godwin, Emily Holder, Rhonda Galvin, Sheryl Mullenix, Megan Bardessona, Dawn Arnett, Colleen Zweigle, Anna Wiltse, Kerensa Brown, Sierra Bigelow, Isa Portillo and Christine Penner. 

The overall DAISY Award winner for this quarter was Jody Moore RN, BSN, from the Delta Health Surgical Services department. 

“Jody has worked in the PACU department for over 15 years,” said Felicia Heinz, Director of Surgical Services at Delta Health. “Every single day she walks into the department with a huge smile. Not only is Jody an absolute joy to work with, but she is also an amazing clinician.  She is extremely thorough in all aspects of patient care but her forte is teaching patients in a way that they can understand and have a safe, comfortable recovery period. Jody is a great team player and is always willing to help her co-workers.  She is one of the kindest people that I have ever met.  She truly cares about others whether it is patients or co-workers.   I am privileged to work with such a great nurse and am very pleased that she has been honored with the Daisy award.”

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize nurses who go above and beyond in the care of their patients. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and the quarterly DAISY award recipient is chosen through a select Daisy Committee and Delta Health’s Culture Committee 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 then presented four times throughout the year to celebrate the nominees. 

“We are so proud to have had so many nominations for this round of DAISY Awards,” said Dawn Arnett, RN, BSN, Director of In-Patient Services at Delta Health. “Our healthcare staff have truly been heroes for our patients and community members throughout uncertain times. We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations that participate in the DAISY program where we can honor our amazing staff.” 

The Hospital’s Café Alice’s makes a dozen cinnamon rolls for each department that has a nominee to celebrate with their team in honor of Patrick Barnes. The DAISY Foundation asks that cinnamon rolls be served in honor of Pat. Pat’s Family created the DAISY Foundation to celebrate nurses and SHARE his favorite treat! DAISY was established in 1999 by Patrick Barnes’s Family as he fought against an auto-immune disease ITP. “Disease’s Attacking the Immune System DAISY.”

The certificate that each honoree receives commends 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. 

Since 2018, Delta Health has celebrated and recognized employees with the DAISY and BEE Awards through community and colleague nominations. As part of Delta Health’s E3 Initiative, Excellence, Every Patient, Every Time, Administration is continuing to shine a light on our amazing staff by placing large signs and drop boxes highlighting our Bee Award and the Daisy Award around clinics and the hospital. 

To nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award, go online to and submit a digital nomination form. Nomination forms can also be found throughout the hospital and clinics. 

Delta Health will honor their next quarter nominees for October, November and December in January 2023.

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