Ryan Purser RN, 1st Quarter 2017 DAISY Award Recipient

Ryan Purser RN, 1st Quarter 2017 DAISY Award Recipient

Texas City, TX, May 2, 2017 – Mainland Medical Center honored Ryan Purser RN, 1st Quarter 2017 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. 

Ryan Purser RN, was nominated for the DAISY Award from a patient. In a nomination letter, the patient wrote:

“My admittance to the Mainland Medical Center ED which resulted in me being admitted to the CCU was due to the serious problem that I caused medically by allowing myself to run out of pain medications.  Due to severe pain and withdrawal from all of my medications, I had serious depression and then those feelings eventually have to be serious with bad thoughts. I was suffering and detoxing after my first night in the busy ED and by this time, my neck and back pain began.

Upon awakening, I was introduced to my nurse, Ryan Purser and he told me good morning. Ryan politely and respectfully was forced to tie up many loose ends from the previous night, but it seemed to me by his professional bedside manner that he was very respectful of my privacy. He shut the door so I could be questioned about my medical information, and I complied with all the questions.

Ryan is knowledgeable, professional, and is always going that extra step. His attention to detail was great. I had everything I needed or what he thought I would need or want to make my stay better. Sometimes my requests were as simple as bringing me a spoon or extra sugar for my coffee, but no matter how small the request Ryan saw this as very important. I recognize all the things he did for me without even requesting them.

As I went through the day, Ryan was constantly reminding me that he was there to serve and protect me medically. By the time my mid-day meds came, I felt as if I had known or been friends with Ryan for years.

I was very depressed after my first admit to the hospital, but having Ryan there for me both medically and personally made things better. He always listened to my feelings when I needed someone to care. He spent time giving me advice and it was good to have another person to talk to about losing my wife and two of my boys. I survived by grace and mercy, and I actually felt as if someone put Ryan as my nurse to bring me some peace.  I do not have anyone to listen to me, and Ryan listened.” 

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 Melissa Amie, 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