Friday, April 08, 2016 - HFM Nurse Koral Curkeet Recognized with Daisy Award

Holy Family Memorial registered nurse Koral Curkeet has been awarded The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of national The DAISY Foundation, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, to recognize the extraordinary work that nurses perform every day.

Curkeet is a nurse in the HFM Medical Center Emergency Department and has been with Holy Family Memorial since June of 2015. Curkeet was nominated by a patient’s spouse who wrote, “I brought my husband to the ER in early January 2016. Koral was his nurse from beginning to end. She showed him deep concern, compassion and understanding. She listened to him…she spoke so gently and positively about the road ahead, that by the time we left, we were calm and discussing our next game plan. We never ever had such a wonderful nurse like Ms. Koral at HFM. She’s extremely special. She is one of a kind and has our highest regards… "

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. In memory of Patrick, the Barnes family recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. They wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program – The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses – to honor the super-human work nurses do every day at the bedside.

HFM recognizes a DAISY Award recipient each quarter and has been doing so since 2011. Curkeet is the 17th nurse to be recognized.  Winners receive a Healer’s touch hand carved serpentine stone statue depicting a nurse and patient, a Daisy Award pin and certificate, as well as Cinnabon rolls — a favorite of Patrick’s. Anyone can nominate a nurse for The DAISY Award. If you or someone close to you received care from an extraordinary HFM nurse, complete a nomination at

To find out more about The DAISY Award, visit

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