Austin Reimer, RN and CMH Chief Nursing Officer Caroline Stewart.

Nurses at Citrus Memorial 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 every day.

The first award recipient is Austin Reimer, RN. He was recognized by a patient and family for simple acts that made the patient feel comfortable and cared for. Austin was commended for providing special care to the patient and family, including the patient in planning care, working well with the team and loving the patient.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in this program,” said CMH Chief Nursing Officer Caroline Stewart, MBA, MSN, RN. “Our nurses are heroes every day and we appreciate everything they do. They are special people and it is truly a calling.”

“Compassion isn’t something that’s easily measured, but it is so important to the outcomes of our patients,” continued Dr. Eddy Duncan. “Nurses are there all day and all night imparting compassion. They are the final hands on our patients and for that we thank them.”

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 Citrus Memorial 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.

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 Citrus Memorial are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”