St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville awarded Melissa Gray, a registered nurse from the Rehabilitation Unit, the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.
The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s nationwide program to recognize the efforts nurses perform everyday. Gray is the second recipient at the hospital since implementing the program in May. Critical-care nurse Kathy Dryden was the first recipient.
Gray’s nomination came from a visitor who witnessed her working with a patient in the Rehab Unit. The nomination notes, “There is not just one situation or story that demonstrates how Melissa meets the criteria for the DAISY award. She really meets these every day. Melissa was so welcoming from the first minute of the admission until the discharge was complete. She always had a warm smile and takes the extra time to make each patient feel important and valued. She seems to understand that even when a patient is being discharged, the healing process must continue at home. I feel like she cares from the beginning to the end of the time she shares with her patients and it is evident she was meant to work in the caring and respectful environment of St. Elizabeth’s.”
Sixteen dedicated nurses were recognized as nominees for this quarter. The other colleagues include James Connell from the emergency department; Pat Howard, Stephanie Clanton, Sarah Gabriel and Trevor Needham from Progressive Care Unit; Hannah Schlemer, Deb Milburn and DeDe Spinnenweber from medical/surgery; Dryden, Sydney Knopp, Katie Corbin, Sheena Jackson, Kristal Story, Lisa Jennings and Sarah Poirot from the Critical Care Unit.
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“It’s important that our nurses, as well as all of our colleagues, know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides another way for us to recognize their dedication to living our core values of respect, care, competence and joy everyday,” said Interim Chief Executive Officer Shelley Harris.
Nominations for future DAISY Awards at St. Elizabeth’s continue to be accepted. Patients and visitors are encouraged to share and submit their story. A nomination form can be found at www.steliz.org/_data/mediaCenter/files/154.pdf.