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Congratulations to our August and September 2012 DAISY Award honorees
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The DAISY Award was created in 2000 by the Barnes family after the loss of their 33-year-old son, Pat. To keep Pat's spirit alive and to express their appreciation for the superhuman work performed by Pat's nurses and other nurses around the country, the Barnes family initiated The DAISY Award.

Saint Agnes is among more than 400 Medical Centers nationwide participating in The DAISY Award. Each month, two Saint Agnes RNs will be selected based on nominations from fellow RNs, patients, family members, physicians, and staff who, in some way, have been impacted by the nurse they are nominating.

  Brian Awanyan, RN, Surgery

A calmness sweeps over you, and you are ready for surgery. That's how Brian Awanyan makes each one of his preop patients feel. "With Brian at your bedside, you get his full attention. He takes precious minutes explaining the procedure, he gives you a warm blanket, he treats you with respect and dignity ... and he does this consistently, giving 100 percent," his nominator says. "Brian Awanyan is a favorite nurse in Surgical Services."

Congratulations, Brian!

Annie Fernandez, RN, 2-West

"She was heaven sent," says the family who nominated Annie Fernandez as a Daisy nurse. "Annie gave us hope when there was none." Our patients at Saint Agnes not only need compassionate, professional care, but so do their families – whether it is an extra pillow, a cup of coffee, answering questions, calling for support. These extra special acts of kindness embody the spirit of the Daisy honoree ... an extraordinary nurse like Annie.

Congratulations, Annie!

Melanie Fontanilla, RN, 4-/5-Main (Surgical)

One evening, a patient who was very ill came in for care. The family asked for pastoral care. Knowing that our pastoral services are not available between midnight and 4 a.m., Melanie Fontanilla sat with the family and prayed. She showed such compassion and respect to the family during their difficult time.

“As caregivers, we do just that … take care of patients … true to the relationship-based care ingrained in our practice, Melanie took care of the spiritual needs of this family.”

Congratulations, Melanie!

Cathryn Herrin, RN, Women and Infant Services
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“Cathy Herrin shines above the rest when it comes to teaching and mentoring, and her knowledge and experience make her an awesome nurse. Her work energy is contagious. She cares about each patient as if they are her dearest friend. Her expertise crosses all boundaries within our department, enabling her to confidently and comfortably step in where needed.”

Congratulations, Cathy!


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