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May 4, 2013

Monahan awarded Mercy's DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing

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The nominator writes, “the end comes quietly, a scenario that Kathy has shared and guided many other families through over the years, and her expertise makes her actions seem effortless. Kathy’s presence and comfort is the essence of the spirit and humanity that connects us all. A strong embrace and a clasp of hands convey what words cannot. From beginning to end, the extraordinary kindness and compassion Kathy showed may still provide comfort today.”

Monahan received a certificate commending her for being an Extraordinary Nurse and stating, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Monahan also received a Daisy Pin, a bouquet of daisies donated by Hy-Vee Floral and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. Mercy’s Medical / Surgical Unit also was honored with cinnamon rolls.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Quarterly, in May, August, November, and February, a nurse will be selected by Mercy’s Clinical Advancement Recognition of Excellence Council to receive The DAISY Award. Patients, family, visitors, friends, coworkers, or physicians can nominate nurses. Those interested in nominating a nurse can obtain a nomination form at the front desk or at any nurse’s station.

Mercy Medical Center-Clinton is one of more than 1,300 organizations committed to The DAISY award program. For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, go to www.DAISYfoundation.org.

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