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Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at Mainland Medical Center

Mainland Medical Center November 08, 2016

Photo: Laura LeBlanc, RN, 3rd Quarter 2016 DAISY Award Recipient

Texas City, TX, November 8, 2016 – Mainland Medical Center honored Laura LeBlanc, RN, as the 3rdQuarter 2016 DAISY award recipient for extraordinary nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

Laura LeBlanc, RN, was nominated for the DAISY Award from a coworker. In a nomination letter, the coworker wrote:

“Laura is an outstanding leader, coworker & nurse.  She goes above & beyond her duties and is able to carry out a lot of responsibilities exceptionally well! She charges our unit and does patient care along with many other tasks including ordering our supplies, stocking the unit and making sure we are ready for every patient every day!  She is well like by the doctors, her coworkers, other nurses and of course most of all the patients.  Everyone always looks for her and notices whenever she is off on any particular day.  She is always positive & always has a smile on her face.  She is thoughtful and cares for her patients and coworkers.  It is always a pleasure to work with her, she is very dependable and she is one of the best nurses!”

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 first-hand 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 

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


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

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

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