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DAISY Award Winner Announced

Registered Nurse Dorothy Grossheim of Holy Family Memorial’s Surgery Center has been named the recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform everyday.

Dorothy was recommended by a patient and also by a family member of another patient who commented, “Dorothy was incredibly empathetic, caring, and just embodied everything that you think a nurse should be.” Award ceremonies are a total surprise to the recipient. Dorothy’s ceremony was attended by co-workers and HFM administrators who believe in the Daisy Award program’s philosophy that nurses are heroes everyday and their work is highly valued.

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 their families.

Dorothy received a Healer’s Touch award sculpture, a Daisy bouquet, award certificate and Cinnabons to enjoy with her co-workers. Cinnabons were a favorite of J. Patrick Barnes.
For more information on the DAISY award, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org

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