Hudson, Florida (September 18, 2019) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is proud to announce that Jennifer Williams, RN, is the recipient of the September DAISY award. Jennifer is a registered nurse in the Cardiopulmonary Recovery Unit (CPRU). She was recognized by a patient for the care she gave not only to him, but to his family member as well.
“Even though I was the patient, Jen quickly realized the pain my wife was in and assisted her in finding comfort and peace of mind,” said Charles Perryman. “Her personality, wit, professionalism and patience were key elements in making my stay at Bayonet Point Hospital very pleasant and uplifting. She displayed a great deal of confidence in the execution of her responsibilities, while showing empathy and concern for Peggy (Mrs. Perryman) and myself, as well as all her other patients. I have had many fine nurses take care of me throughout the years. Jennifer is very special,” he added.
What is the DAISY Award?
Members of the family of Patrick Barnes established the DAISY Foundation in 1999. He was 33 years old and died of complications of the autoimmune disease ITP. The Barnes family wanted to do something positive to honor the very special man that Patrick was, so they came up with DAISY – an acronym for Diseases Attaching the Immune System.
As the family brainstormed what the DAISY Foundation would do, they kept going back to the one positive thing they held onto during Patrick’s eight-week illness:
The extraordinary care he received from his nurses.
The family was impressed with the clinical care he was given, but really overwhelmed by the compassion and kindness of his nurses brought to his bedside day in and day out.
This made an impact. They wanted to say thank you to nurses for the extraordinary care they provide to patients and families every day, so the DAISY award for extraordinary nurses was created.
What started as a thank you from their family to nurses has grown into a meaningful recognition program embraced by healthcare organizations around the world. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is very proud to partner with DAISY to honor extraordinary nurses.
The DAISY award winner receives:
- Healer’s touch sculpture. A hand-carved sculpture by artists in Zimbabwe and signed by one of the many Shona artists that the DAISY Foundation supports. The economy and politics of Zimbabwe have been in turmoil for decades and the artists are now able to support hundreds of people in their families with this work.
- Cinnamon rolls for the team! Why cinnamon rolls? It was the only thing that Patrick ate – a whole cinnamon roll after he lost his appetite. The Foundation wants all nurses to share in his favorite treat as a gift of gratitude to all the members of the nursing team.
- Nursing is a team SPORT so the cinnamon rolls are to celebrate the team and give nurses the opportunity to stop for a few minutes and share something special together.
- When a nurse receives the DAISY award, the humble response is, “I didn’t do anything special. I was just doing my job.” What the DAISY nurse may not realize, however, is that when nurses are “just doing their job,” and “not doing anything special,” you are making a positive difference in a patient’s life as well as their family’s lives.
- The DAISY pin. When Patrick’s stepmother noticed the great tradition that nurses have for pins, she created the DAISY award pin for the winner to have and wear proudly.
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL. We have more than 300 physicians, 1,264 employees and 400 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
· Level II Trauma Center
· Comprehensive Stroke Center
· Named among the top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by Healthgrades
· Leapfrog Patient Safety Award
· Joint Commission Accreditation, Primary Stroke Center and Sepsis Certifications
· Healthgrades Multi-Award Recipient
o Five Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 13 years in a row (2005-2017)
o Five Star Recipient for Back Surgery eight years in a row (2010 – 2017)
o Five Star Recipient for Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm for two years in a row (2016 – 2017)
o Recipient of Healthgrades 2017 and 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™
o Five Star Recipient for Appendectomy for three years in a row (2015 – 2017)
· American College of Radiology accredited – MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine
· Accredited Community Cancer Program – American College of Surgeons
· Accredited Teaching Facility by the American Osteopathic Association, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education