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The DAISY Honor—GRMC Celebrates Nine Nominees

May 15, 2018, 09:53 AM

Nine exceptional nurses at UPH-GRMC were honored yesterday with nominations for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary NursesTM. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. The 2018 GRMC DAISY nominees are; Mercedes (Dee) Brown, RN Obstetrics, Carla Doane, RN Home Health, Diana Fenner, RN Surgery, Jessica Leshen, RN Emergency, Amy Murty, RN Med/Surg, Lesa Peters, RN Emergency, Marcia Simmons, RN Surgery, Abby VanDee, RN Obstetrics and Peggy Weisskopf, RN Nursing Administration.

The DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. Barnes died at age 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired The DAISY Foundation and this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families.

Congratulations to all our deserving nominees—below are excerpts from the nomination forms describing each of these wonderful nurses.   

Mercedes (Dee) Brown, RN Obstetrics — “I have overheard Mercedes with patients and was very impressed at how she interacts with patients and how she goes about teaching them things related to OB matters. She remains calm when things get hectic.”

Carla Doane, RN Home Health — “Carla is a nurse who was the first to volunteer for the most difficult patients in the worst home situations. She worked hard to make sure the patient had the best outcome in spite of unfavorable circumstances.”

Diana Fenner, RN Surgery — “Diana shows our patients genuine care and compassion every day. Her small acts of kindness make a world of difference to patients.”

Jessica Leshen, RN Emergency — “Jessica demonstrates a passion for her job and for life in general that is so refreshing; she is one of the great ER nurses. She gives great patient care while executing all necessary advanced skill required in the ER.”

Amy Murty, RN Med/Surg — “Amy was very attentive to me when I was admitted. She did everything to get my pain and nausea under control. She has the heart of gold that every nurse should have.”

Lesa Peters, RN Emergency — “Lesa is an extraordinary ER nurse. I have witnessed her kindness and compassion for all that enter our doors. She truly cares for the patient and family as if they were her own. She also shows compassion to her coworkers.”

Marcia Simmons, RN Surgery — “She has exceptional skills combined with experience in the PACU and takes great care of her patients. For many patients, waking up from anesthesia can be difficult as they experience a variety of pain, nausea, anxiety or disorientation. Marcia is there for it all! She encourages and reassures them and treats their symptoms appropriately.”

Abby VanDee, RN Obstetrics — “Abby is a great asset to the OB team and has recently began orienting new employees. She is someone I am proud to work with. She is a positive labor nurse and knows how to bond with her patients to provide them with a happy and safe labor and delivery. Abby is attentive to her patients and goes the extra mile to make them happy and comfortable.”

Peggy Weisskopf, RN Nursing Administration — “Peggy’s leadership, knowledge, family-centered approach and innovation have shaped and impacted numerous nurses, patients and families and the hospital as a whole. Peggy is a great example of what it means to be patient-focused.”

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(Photo L to R: Amy Murty, Abby VanDee, Dee Brown, Marcia Simmons, Doris Rindels, Interim CEO, Sheryl Baarda, Interim Director of Nurses, Peggy Weisskopf, Jessica Leshen, Diana Fenner, Carla Doane and Lesa Peters)