HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center Honors Nurses with DAISY Award

Christy Martin, Pam Karakusis, Cailly Haning recognized for providing extraordinary nursing care.

HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center Honors Nurses with DAISY Award
Englewood, CO, May 29, 2019 --(PR.com)-- Nurses at HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center were honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the compassionate efforts nurses perform every day. Swedish Medical Center nurses Pam Karakusis, RN, Cailly Haning, RN, and Christy Martin, RN have all been recognized to receive this prestigious award.

Pam Karakusis, RN, a dedicated nurse in the critical care unit at Swedish was nominated by a physician at Swedish Medical Center. “Pam’s concentration rivals that of the finest surgeons I’ve worked with and I’ve seen my share. To do it in a venue which she is not accustomed to makes it all the more impressive. Furthermore, the few times I have dropped patients off in the ICU with her present, I’ve noticed that while others banter or relax, she’s always laser focused on expediting care. No distraction.”

Cailly Haning, RN, a dedicated nurse in the neuro critical care unit at Swedish was nominated by the family member of a patient. “Again, she provided excellent amazing care/ she took care of my grandpa with so much compassion, she was so patient with my grandpa. She ensured all our questions were answered and that my grandpa was comfortable. Thank you Cailly for your amazing care. We appreciate everything you did.”

Christy Martin, RN, a dedicated nurse in the critical care unit at Swedish received a heartfelt nomination from a colleague for her compassion. “Recently on Christmas Day she came in on her day off to provide Christmas cheer and gifts with her family to patients and staff. She dressed as a Christmas elf. It is time to recognize this wonderful compassionate RN.”

“To be recognized with the DAISY award is truly an honor,” said Ryan Thornton, chief nursing officer at Swedish Medical Center. “Each of these nurses demonstrates compassionate care every day and I am so proud to celebrate their hard work.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Swedish Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given quarterly at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.

To nominate a nurse to be the next DAISY Award Winner at Swedish Medical Center visit www.SwedishHospital.com/daisy .

About Swedish

Swedish Medical Center is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is a level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.

Swedish Medical Center is proud to be a part of the HealthONE system of hospitals that earned the ranking as the #7 corporate philanthropist in the metro area and was the only hospital system ranked in the top 10. HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2018 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations. Additional information is available at www.SwedishHospital.com.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease (hence the name, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses in over 2,600 healthcare facilities around the world. For more information about The DAISY Award and the Foundation’s other recognition of nurses, faculty and students, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.
Swedish Medical Center
Kara Hamersky
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