Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Delta County Memorial Hospital

Delta, CO (February 4, 2020) - 10 nurses at Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) were honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ® during a ceremony in the main lobby of the hospital on Friday, January 31.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. DCMH's DAISY nominees were presented by Dawn Arnett, Medical Surgical Unit Manager/ Daisy Coordinator. The nominees were: Danielle Gallegos, Connie Hall, Mindy Smith, Jodi Slagter, Susan Anderson, Chris Boylard, Karen Lyons, Cassidy Austin, Melinda Denison and Theresa Wrich.

The overall DAISY Award Winner for this quarter was Mindy Smith, RN, in the surgical unit. Smith was nominated by a co-worker and patients. The nomination letters highlighted her compassion, empathy and skill.

"Mindy started in the Surgery department 15 years ago as a ward secretary/CAN," said Mindy's supervisor, Felicia Heinz. "She trained to be an endotech in our endoscopy department and she worked in this capacity for several years before she earned her LPN certificate and then became a registered nurse. Mindy has been working as a PACU and Radiology nurse for three years and excels at both. She is kind, patient and understanding with her patients. Her clinical skills are exceptional. The surgery department is very proud that Mindy was selected to be honored with the Daisy award."

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System). The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night," said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. "Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at DCMH are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The quarterly DAISY award recipient is chosen through a select Daisy Committee and DCMH's T.E.A.M. M.A.S.H through a scoring rubric recognizing the nurses P.E.T.A.L.S., (Passion, Empathy, Trust, Admirable attributes, Love and Selflessness) . Applications are blinded to these committees and scored.

Awards are presented four times throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree's colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

DCMHA will honor their next quarter nominees for January, February and March in April of 2020.

"We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program," said Dawn Arnett, Daisy Coordinator. "Nurses are heroes every day. It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that."

Nomination Letters:


1. Mindy Smith, RN
They couldn't get an IV start. I had a large hematoma on right hand and another large bruise on my inner arm. My anxiety was pretty high. Mindy walked in and talked to me calmly. She numbed my ac and I didn't hardly feel it. She continued to talk to me. She was so kind and caring. Mindy I think you rock. And keep caring for people. You're good at it.

Patient: Kathy Anders

2. Mindy Smith, RN
Often one has a medical test and can be anxious but Mindy shows her passion to patients naturally without trying she exudes calmness. She provides the empathy needed when as a patient we feel at risk or uneasy. The key is genuine empathy. She made me at ease and was easy for me to trust her integrity. I always dread having an IV started and this one went in like silk and was taped in place so efficiently. It is obvious that caring for patients is number one above her own needs. The procedure was done and over with and Mindy was there when I was sedated and there when I woke up, it meant a lot to me to feel safe and that she advocated and protected me when I didn't have my faculties to protect myself. She also touched base with me the next day and it was the true empathy that mattered to me. Mindy anticipates needs therefore you don't even have to ask for a thing. Mindy is a worthy candidate for the Daisy nomination and a role model for nursing.

Nominated by: Dawn Arnett Patient/Co-Worker