Friday, February 3, 2023

Extraordinary Mon Health nurse honored with DAISY Award

WHITE HALL, W.Va (WDTV) – An outstanding Mon Health Marion Neighborhood Hospital nurse has been honored as the first DAISY Award recipient.

Anne Wallace, RN, works in the Emergency Department and has worked for Mon Health Marion Neighborhood Hospital since it opened in December 2021.

Anne was nominated by a family member of one of her patients. The submission read: “This was the best we’ve ever had; my son was cold, sick and scared at the age of two. She comforted him, gave him coloring books, stickers and crayons. It made him feel so much better.”

“I was surprised, honored and humbled to be the recipient of the DAISY Award for what seems like such a small act of kindness and caring,” said Anne.

The non-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died aged 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses when he was sick inspired this unique tool to thank nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the incredible skill and care that nurses provide to patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are rarely recognized for the superhuman work they do. The type of work that nurses at Mon Health System are called upon to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”

“Anne is very deserving of this award, she truly bonds with her patients and treats them like family,” said Carla Hamner, Hospital Administrator at Mon Health Marion Neighborhood Hospital.

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