Photo: Elizabeth Addison RN, 4th Quarter 2016 DAISY Award Recipient
Texas City, TX, Jan. 13, 2017 – Mainland Medical Center honored Elizabeth Addison RN, 4th Quarter 2016 DAISY Award Recipient for being an extraordinary nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Elizabeth Addison RN, was nominated for the DAISY Award from a patient’s wife. In a nomination letter, the patient’s wife wrote:
“My husband had a stroke and Elizabeth gave me encouragement and strength that helped me through this very difficult situation. She explained things to me in a caring manner and her compassionate care of my husband will always be remembered, always professional. She could get my husband to respond when nobody else could. Elizabeth was more than a nurse to us, she was a friend.”
Every three months, a nurse will be selected by A DAISY committee comprised of staff nurses to receive The DAISY Award after reviewing nominations from patients, families, physicians or co-workers. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the 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.
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.
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 parent company, FOCUS Brands, 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.
"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Mainland Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
“We are proud to be among the health care organizations participating in the DAISY Award program” said Patty Howard, Mainland Medical Center chief nursing officer. “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 hospitals currently running the program, please go to www.DAISYfoundation.org.
This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org.
About Mainland Medical Center—a campus of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
Located on a 31-acre campus at the corner of Emmett F. Lowry Expressway and Highway 3, Mainland Medical Center has been an integral part of Galveston County for more than 60 years. The hospital is an acute care facility providing quality, compassionate care with state-of-the-art services. Mainland Medical Center offers services in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, physical therapy, radiology, total joint replacements, hyperbaric medicine diagnostic/imaging services and wound care facilities. Mainland Medical Center ensures residents receive the highest quality medical care right in their own community. For more information, call (409) 938-5000 or visit online at www.mainlandmedical.com.
About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com