Gerber Memorial DAISY nursing award goes to White Cloud resident for her outstanding care
FREMONT, Mich. (November 8, 2017) – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial today awarded the DAISY award to Joan Rexford, RN, who works in medical/surgery, for outstanding nursing care. The DAISY award is given out each quarter and Gerber Memorial patients nominate nurses who provide exceptional care and service.
The patient who nominated Rexford credited all Gerber Memorial nurses during a recent stay and singled out Rexford as someone who went above and beyond in caring for the patient. The patient’s nominating form noted nurses worked together as a team “and answered all of my questions and needs.”
“Joan looked up information on my condition and meds and taught me so much about my diabetes and how to care for myself,” the patient wrote in the nominating entry. “She gave my family information and called different departments to find out what foods I could and could not have on the new medicine I was on. And treated me like a cherished family member. Thank you for having such dedicated nurses to care for us. God Bless!”
A White Cloud resident who has worked at Gerber Memorial since 2004 and is Gerber Memorial’s wound nurse, Rexford was surprised by her colleagues and Chief Nursing Officer Meleah Mariani in the medical/surgery department on the third floor of Gerber Memorial with flowers, treats and a special hand-carved award.
Part of a national program, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Nomination forms are available at nursing stations throughout the hospital and patients can submit those forms either by placing them in gray boxes near those forms or by handing them to a nurse or other hospital staff. The forms will be available at nursing stations in the intensive care unit; medical/surgery; birth center; outpatient surgery; emergency department; and the specialty clinic in the basement of the Multispecialty Clinic. Nominating forms will also be available at the hospital’s main lobby, as well as included in admission packets.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Barnes 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.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Gerber Memorial to receive the award. 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 also receives a beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved from serpentine stone by artists of the Shona tribe in southern Africa.