2013 DAISY Award Recipient

Nurses, staff and family members gathered Friday, August 9th to honor nursing excellence at Carrington Health Center through its second DAISY Award presentation.

Angela Kutz was selected as the recipient from nominations for herself and two other nurses, Michelle Belile and Karen Munkeby. All three nurses were nominated by patients who witnessed firsthand their exemplary patient care and commitment to carrying out Carrington Health Center’s Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence. A traveling nurse filling shifts on a temporary basis at the Health Center also received a nomination.

Kutz joins Jodi Hovdenes as DAISY Award honorees. Hovdenes was selected as the first DAISY Award honoree in 2012.

Nominations are reviewed by Carrington Health Center’s Quality Sub-Board Committee. This committee is comprised of community members, Board of Directors representatives, designated hospital employees for quality assurance and Administration.

During the presentation, the reasons for each nomination were shared and served as a testament to all the unspoken things nurses do for their patients:

“The nights I couldn’t sleep, she was always checking on me, wondering if there was something she could do.”

“When asked questions about my condition and its causes, she knew about it and told me all about how they are linked. Very knowledgeable and definitely likes people and her job.”

“She stood out from the rest as she double checked my medications every time and questioned me if I had taken them. She would explain things to me too. She also knew how to program the IV pump…so the entire IV would go in every single time…not delaying my time in the hospital.”

“She was so prompt and willing to serve. Taking me to the car when I was released and carrying all my junk.”

“She was very informative…kind, warm and patient. Really seemed passionate about me and very thorough. I did not feel at any time I was just a patient or number. We visited and she really listened to me. I felt as if I had known her. She is truly a wonderful nurse, you and myself are lucky to have her.”

As Kutz was announced as the DAISY Award recipient, she was joined by family members to watch her accept the award.

“Thank you for having the program, to Jodi (Hovdenes) for being a great DAISY nurse, and all those who I work with,” said Kutz, “I’ve been in hospitals before with family and I realize it’s the little things that count. I try to bring that back here to the work I do at CHC. Treating those how I want to be treated is something very true about the care we deliver here.”

Nominations for the award are available periodically in local newspapers, throughout Carrington Health Center, and are included in discharge packets. Nurses in the hospital and clinic settings can be nominated for the award. Nominations for this round were accepted through February 2013, and reviewed by the Committee. Candidates were notified of their nominations and found out who the recipient of the award was at the presentation.

The presentation included a certificate of honor, a pin and hand carved sculpture by a member of the African Shona Tribe of Zimbabwe, entitled A Healer’s Touch. The sculpture encompasses the African tradition of a Nganga, someone who has the power to heal those who are physically ill. The sculpture reminds everyone of the bond of care and trust that exists between a healer and patient, flowing from one another in a unique caring reliance.

During the presentation, attendees were treated to cinnamon rolls made with Cinnabon cinnamon. The importance of Cinnabon comes from when Patrick, whose illness resulted in the creation of the DAISY Award and Foundation, was critically ill. A Cinnabon was the one thing that tasted good to him. Because of this he asked his family to bring enough Cinnabons for all the nurses in his unit as a way of thanking them for their extraordinary work.

With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS brands, the DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons, or cinnamon rolls made with Cinnabon cinnamon, as thanks for everything nurses do for their patients and families.

The not for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Allen, 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.

Said Chief Nursing Officer Chris Schroeder, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

The next round of nominations is now open and will be accepted through March 1, 2014. The third annual DAISY Award presentation will occur during Nurse’s Week in May 2014.

For more information on the DAISY program please contact Chris Schroeder, CNO for Carrington Health Center at 652-7140. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Acute Care nurses station or accessed online at www.carringtonhealthcenter.org For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org



Picture: Angela Kutz’s family celebrated her selection as the 2013 DAISY Award Honoree. L to R: Jameson, Luke, Angela and Maara Kutz, and Angela’s Mom, Sharleen Pulver.