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Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Photo caption: Rozanne Armstrong (left) and Sandy Kiyak, of HFM’s Women’s and Children’s Center are the latest winners of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Registered Nurses Rozanne Armstrong and Sandy Kiyak of Holy Family Memorial’s Women’s and Children’s Center have been named the latest recipients 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.

Armstrong and Kiyak were nominated by the parents of a baby they went above and beyond to care for when he was diagnosed with a heart condition at a few hours old. The baby was on his way to Children’s Hospital within a matter of hours, where he had heart surgery at 7-days-old. He recovered quickly and came home nearly five weeks earlier than predicted.

“My gratitude starts with those who recognized there was a problem – Nurse Rozanne who noticed his color wasn’t right and Nurse Sandy who kept squeezing the manual ventilator for hours so he could get more oxygen,” said the baby’s mother. “I know there were many individuals involved with what happened that day, but the actions of Rozanne and Sandy are the ones I’ll always be grateful for.”

Award ceremonies are a total surprise to the recipient. Their 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 Healer’s Touch award sculpture given to the winners is imported by the non-profit Daisy Foundation from Zimbabwe each year for award winners. Each one is hand-carved by a Shona artist inspired by the mists, clouds and mountains where they live. The sculptures are meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona people pay their traditional healers. Shona healers are regarded as treasures by those they care for, and the well-being and safety of the healer is of community-wide importance. This describes how the Daisy Award Foundation and its Hospital Partners feel about nurses!

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in California, and was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family. 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.
For more information on the DAISY award, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org

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