DAISY AWARD GIVEN TO LAVACA NURSE

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Two
nurses at Baptist Health-Fort Smith (formerly Sparks Hospital) were recently awarded
the nationally recognized Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, according to
Fort Smith’s Southwest Times.

Lavaca’s Kasey Champion, RN, is a  “float pool” nurse: a nurse who can move from one hospital to another depending on staffing needs. She was nominated by the wife of a patient. The nomination letter praised Champion for her “fast and efficient” work as the patient was preparing for discharge. She was also applauded for taking the time to help the patient’s wife with several concerns she had, even after the patient had left the hospital, a news release states.

“She
could have just told me to contact the doctor, but she took time out of her
busy day and took care of it for me,” the letter stated. “That really means a
lot.”

The
goal of the Daisy Foundation’s program is to inspire nurses to provide
exemplary care and applaud them for their compassion and skill, the release
added. Recipients of the Daisy Award are honored with a congratulatory banner
to be hung in their unit until the next award is given, a plaque and Daisy pin,
and a “Healer’s Touch” sculpture handcrafted in Zimbabwe.

Patients
and their family members can nominate nurses who they feel go above and beyond
to provide safe, quality medical care for the Daisy Award.

Nomination
letters can be placed in designated Daisy Award drop-off boxes throughout the
hospital or mailed to Baptist Health-Fort Smith, Attn: Dina Cox, Nursing
Administration, 1001 Towson Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901. For more on the Daisy Foundation,
visit daisyfoundation.org.

Lavaca
is proud of Kasey for her professionalism and care she gives to her
patients.  She makes our community so
very proud!

Source:
SWTR. 06 March 2019

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