Horse Cave, Ky. (February 4, 2020) – A team of nurses and staff at The Medical Center at Caverna were presented with Med Center Health’s first DAISY Team Award on January 28. The award recognizes that while an idea to achieve better patient and family outcomes may start with one individual, it often takes an entire team to implement successfully. The DAISY Team Award is designed to honor collaboration by two or more people, led by a nurse, who identify and meet patient and/or patient family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of Nursing.
Last year, the team went above and beyond to help a homeless patient with various health problems find a forever home. They worked diligently with local churches and the local public housing authority to provide the patient with a place where she could be comfortable, feel safe and receive the support she needs. They gathered supplies for her new home and obtained donations to cover her housing and utility deposits. Since that time, they continue to be in contact with her and to provide her with extra goodies and support as she enters this new and better phase of her life.
Recipients of the DAISY Team Award were: Sandy Duncan, RN; Tiffany Smith, RN, Process Improvement Coordinator; Melanie Tooley, RN, Utilization Review; and Cheryl McMullen, Health Information Management. Instrumental in helping them coordinate resources were the Munfordville Church of Christ and Bethel Presbyterian Church. Tricia Brown, RN, with Senior Perspectives at The Medical Center at Caverna, first brought this patient’s need to the attention of Penny Nole, Director of Patient Care Services.
“We are proud of this incredible team,” said Alan Alexander, Vice President and Administrator of The Medical Center at Caverna. “These compassionate individuals truly live our mission to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. We are blessed with an extraordinary work family who relish the opportunity to serve others.”
About the DAISY Award: Since its founding, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses™ has spread across the nation as patients, patient families and co-workers found a way to express their heartfelt appreciation of nurses. The goal of the DAISY Award is to let our nurses know they are valued for their skill, education and knowledge, and for the remarkable care they provide when treating their patients.
Nurses or nurse-led teams can be nominated by patients, families, physicians, co-workers and anyone else who experiences or observes extraordinary care. Each year, a total of six Med Center Health nurses will be recognized with a DAISY Award. Four will be from The Medical Center at Bowling Green and two will be from The Medical Centers at Scottsville, Franklin, Caverna and Albany combined. People interested in sharing a story of how one of our nurses impacted a life can submit a nomination at MedCenterHealth.org/DAISY
Learn more about the DAISY Award and the DAISY Team Award at daisyfoundation.org.