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A chance to pat a nurse on the back with a sincere “Thank you!”

Do you have an experience of receiving extraordinary care from a nurse at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH)? If so, please share your story with us.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the first DAISY Award honoree at SPCH.

The DAISY is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. His parents created the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award as a way of saying a public “thank you” to nurses like those who cared for Barnes.

Nurses can be nominated by anyone who witnesses extraordinary compassionate care by a nurse — patients, family members, other nurses, clinicians, volunteers and hospital staff. Submissions will be reviewed by SPCH’s five-member DAISY Award Committee, who will select the award honoree. The award winner will be announced in a celebration on Thursday, May 9.

While one nurse receives the DAISY Award, all nurses nominated will be celebrated that day, said Christine Henson, who chairs the award committee. “We will receive a lot of great stories about some very special people, and all those stories will be shared during the celebration,” said Henson. “Nurses work hard for their patients every day, and often go above and beyond in extraordinary ways,” said Henson. “This award is just one special way to say thank you to our nurses for the special care they give to our patients.”

To nominate a nurse, send your story by Monday, May 6, via email at DAISYawardsPCH@samhealth.org or by regular mail to DAISY Award SPCH, ATTN: Christine Henson, 930 SW Abbey Street, Newport, OR 97365.

The DAISY celebration is on Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the hospital’s new addition. The public is welcome to attend.

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