Recognizing Extraordinary Nurses

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Jeannie Burton, RN, Perioperative Services
(center with green binder), is St. Mary's
Hospital's newest DAISY Award winner.
The nurses in Burton's unit also received
free Cinnabons.
The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation has sponsored another DAISY Award for an extraordinary nurse.  Jeannie Burton, a registered nurse in the hospital’s Perioperative Services Department, received the award after a nurse from the Imaging Department nominated Jeannie for the extra efforts she takes to ensure patients are treated well.  The nurse provided several examples in which Jeannie’s actions accomplished the appropriate medical interventions or minimized the patient’s complications.

Family members of J. Patrick Barnes established the nonprofit DAISY Foundation.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.

In addition to this recognition, Jeannie received a certificate that read: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”  She also received a sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch,” as well as a cash gift.  The nurses in Jeannie’s unit received Cinnabons in remembrance of Patrick. Cinnabons were significant for Patrick because it was the one food he could eat while he was ill.

 Eileen Davis, RN
Jeannie, along with the first DAISY Award recipient, Eileen Davis, a registered nurse from the hospital’s Emergency Department, will participate in the recognition of the third DAISY Award recipient (to be named) during the hospital’s Nursing Recognition Dinner in May 2009.  This award is presented twice per year.

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