A nurse at Parkwest Medical Center was honored this morning 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 every day. The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of a patient who had received extraordinary care and compassion from his nurses during his final days. Today The DAISY Award was presented to Hallie Richards, RN, from our Childbirth Center. Chief administrative officer Neil Heatherly presented Hallie’s DAISY award.
Hallie was nominated by Kaycee Miller for the wonderful care she provided to Kaycee and her family. Here’s the nomination she submitted on Hallie’s behalf,
“My story includes two nurses as my husband and I navigated the worst situation in our lives. I am a patient of Dr. Schroeder who was brought in on Monday night for dilation. I was getting ready to deliver our baby boy who no longer had a heartbeat.
Hallie was thankfully my night shift nurse who was an angel and the sweetest person I met. She didn’t try to come up with words to make my situation better, instead she prayed with me and listened. She checked on me regularly, more so than I would have imagined. After all, there were babies who needed her care on the floor. The way she spoke about my son was also the opposite of how I imagined. She reassured me he was a life worth celebrating and that he was special. He had his place in the nursery the second night. She brought him to me whenever I needed him. I am humbled and blown away by her spirit.
I’ve honestly never experienced that type of customer service in a hospital before. I am not sure how either one of these ladies made it through our journey so gracefully. It is probably because of their faith and the pure evidence that they love their jobs and connecting with people to help get them through life.”
The DAISY Committee presented Hallie with a pin, a certificate, daisies, The Healer’s Touch sculpture, and cinnamon rolls for her entire department to share. Congratulations to Hallie! We appreciate her passion for nursing, and her commitment to always putting her patients first!