Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Georgetown Community Hospital

September 29, 2016

Nurses at Georgetown Community Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday. 

The first award recipient is Tanya Radeke. Tanya is a Registered Nurse who works in Georgetown Community Hospital’s Bariatric and ICU units. She is a nurse that has made a meaningful difference in the care of her patients. Tanya is extremely attentive, Passionate and caring to the needs of patients. She does not rush through discharge instructions as she makes sure patients understand their medicines, aftercare at home and follow-up appointments. Ms. Radeke walks patients to the front and waits for their friend/family member to pull their car up even though other friends/family are already assisting. Tanya does this even if it means staying past her shift. She has an Established special connection with patients and their families along with Trust and teamwork. Patients state she has calm, reassuring and gentle Attributes that make them feel comforted. Tanya glows with the Love she has for her patients and the nursing profession. Ms. Radeke Serves as a role model for others. Patients believe Tanya goes above and beyond what one expects of a compassionate and caring nurse.

The nominees for the first DAISY Award at Georgetown Community Hospital are as follows: Donna Carroll (ICU), Jessica Markey (Cardiac Rehab), Keri Pence (Med-Surg), Nichole Reed (House Supervisor), Rose Mahoney (Med-Surg) and Ruth Blevins (ICU).

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  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.  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, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Georgetown Community Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being 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."  The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit.  With the help of Cinnabon’s franchise partners, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

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 work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at [hospital] are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.

Said Chief Nursing Officer, Donna Davis, “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.”

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service 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 http://DAISYfoundation.org.