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BRMC Recognizes DAISY Award Winners

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BRMC Recognizes DAISY Award Winners

Extraordinary Nurses recognized at Baxter Regional Medical Center
BRMC Q4 2017 DAISY Award winners

Baxter Regional Medical Center recently honored Desiree Underwood, RN, and Beverly Crabb, RN, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. These awards are part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The kind of work the nurses at BRMC are called to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award. “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program," said Shannon Nachtigal, MSN, RN, VP/Patient Care Services and 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.”

group of workers and DAISY award receiver

group of workers and DAISY award

4 South team members Desiree Underwood (top) and Beverly Crabb (below) were the first BRMC nurses to receive The DAISY Award.

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.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee at BRMC to receive The DAISY Award. Two awards are given quarterly in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending him or her 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 is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called The Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

For more information, or if you have been the recipient of extraordinary care by a nurse and would like to nominate him or her, visit