Katy pictured with members of Parkwest’s DAISY Committee.

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 Katy Woods, RN, in our Critical Care Unit. Chief nursing officer Lynn Cagle presented Katy’s DAISY award this morning.

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Critical care manager Katherine Strobel, DAISY winner Katy Woods, and chief nursing officer Lynn Cagle.

Katy was nominated by a patient’s wife, Terry Smith. Here’s what she had to say about Katy, “Katy is very knowledgeable, always friendly, extremely attentive, and performs her duties 110%. She was always available for questions or assistance if and when needed. She does her job with pride and has a thirst for knowledge that is obvious. I take great pride in the fact that I had the opportunity to meet her. Her love for people, her patients and God was obvious and real.

My deepest regret was not being able to see her again before we were moved to the 3rd floor. I highly recommend Katy and would not hesitate to ask for her specifically at any time and would feel honored to have her for a nurse or anything. She may not remember me years from now but she is unforgettable and has made an incredible impression on me. I take great pride in being able to say, ‘I met Katy Woods.’ My husband spent 5 days in CCU and he never had the privilege of meeting Katy because he was in a paralytic coma, but he was exceptionally blessed by being cared for by Katy.

Scott Hamilton (CFO), Katherine Strobel (CCU manager), Katy Woods, Lynn Cagle (CNO) and Neil Heatherly (CAO).,

I know if he ever had the opportunity to meet her after he regained consciousness he would have not only been very impressed and pleased with her but liked her as well as I do. Her quality of professionalism is a rare and dying breed. Katy is a breath of fresh air and has qualities that outshine the sun. Her humble demeanor makes it obvious that she is real and has no ideas that she is well worth her weight in gold. I had several nurses before and after Katy but no one ever held a candle to the quality of Katy. She does her profession for all of the right reasons and she definitely without a doubt earns her dollar. Treated Well and Well Treated!”

The DAISY Committee presented Katy with a pin, a certificate, daisies, The Healer’s Touch sculpture, and cinnamon rolls for her entire department to share. Congratulations to Katy! We appreciate her passion for nursing, and her commitment to always putting her patients first!

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee at Parkwest Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. To nominate a nurse today visit here.