CCH RN, Lael Aspenson, was named the first honoree of “The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses” at Central Community Hospital. She was nominated by a CCH employee of a sibling who was a patient at Central Community Hospital.
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program through the DAISY Foundation that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. A member of the CCH nursing staff will receive this award annually.
Lavern Bird, CCH Chief Nursing Officer, noted a portion of the written nomination:
“Lael was the nurse that helped us. It was Lael showing sincere compassion and concern while being totally professional and competent. She was efficient and concise in her actions, she controlled the situation, time was very important. My sister said she had never been treated so quickly and with such compassion. That nurse honestly listened to me and helped me get my situation under control and the right medication, she was so friendly.”
Bird also commented, “This was just a small portion of the many stories and comments of extraordinary compassionate care that the CCH DAISY committee received regarding our nurses. Lael is constantly going above and beyond to make sure that her patients are not only cared for, but also making sure patients and their families have a positive experience while visiting CCH. Her nursing skills and her amazing personality have made a difference to many lives in our community. Lael is recognized as an outstanding role model and Central Community Hospital is pleased to be giving her this year’s DAISY Award.”
The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way.