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UVMC Recognizes First DAISY Award Winner

11/10 Daisy Award WinnerRobin Medrano, a wound/ostomy nurse at Upper Valley Medical Center, was recognized Nov. 3 as UVMC’s first recipient of The DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing.

The DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died 11 years ago at age 33 of an auto-immune disease. His family was so impressed by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses that they created this award to show appreciation for nurses everywhere.

Barnes’ wife, Tena Barnes-Carraher, said at the UVMC ceremony that she and his family created The DAISY Award recognition “to turn our grief into something positive.”

The award salutes the care and compassion nurses would bring to Patrick Barnes’ bedside daily as well as the care they extended to his family, she said. Those gestures by nurses “made the unbearable a little more bearable,” Barnes-Carraher said.

The DAISY Award program now is in place in almost 700 hospitals in the United States and around the world. The local program is being sponsored by United Health Care.

Michael Maiberger, UVMC president and CEO, said UVMC is honored to be involved in The Daisy Award program.

“This award goes right to the heart … it is about those who work with patients,” Maiberger said. “This is a way to recognize what nursing does for our patients each and every day.”

Those who nominated Medrano said she is a superb patient advocate who cares for patients beyond their immediate health care need to ensure they or their families are set to provide care needed.

“Robin knows many resources and uses these people to provide the most complete care possible, closing the loop of information between caregivers, referral agencies, physicians and receiving caregivers,” the nominator wrote.

Medrano was presented with a hand-carved sculpture depicting a healer’s touch.

Sixteen nurses were nominated for the first UVMC DAISY Award. All nominees were recognized at the award ceremony.

Those nominated were: Tara Adkins, ICU; Kathy Al-Alanzi, Behavioral; Judy Anderson, Adult Rehab; Gayle Beard, Emergency Department; Jennie Blythe, Cardiac Rehab; Barb Brunswick, Support Services; Tina Carroll, Home Health; Dawn Covault, 1 Central; Cindy Delwiche, ASU; Louise Forror, Women’s Services; Kelvin Gaskins, Adult Behavioral; Kristin Jones, Home Health; Danielle Larger, ICU; Tami McMillan, Cardiac Rehab; Debra Meyer, Home Health; Connie Sanders, Emergency Department; Janis Winner, Diabetes Educator; and Mary Zirkle, Cardiac Rehab.

The UVMC DAISY Award program will recognize a nurse each quarter. Nominations can be made by patients, family members, physicians and fellow staff.

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