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MCHS names DAISY Award recipients

September 17, 2018

Four Medical Center Health System nurses were recently named as Daisy Award recipients.

The DAISY Award is an international program was established in 1999 that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. These nurses are recognized by patients, families or their colleagues.

>> Idaly Armendariz, RN, was named as a DAISY Award recipient in addition to being named June Nurse of the Month. Armendariz works on 7 Central and has been with MCHS for three years. She was recognized by a co-worker while she was caring for her coworker’s father. The nomination said, “I have been a nurse for 11 years and always thought I cared for my patients with care and compassion … until the day my dad was admitted to the hospital and Idaly was his nurse. The care she gave him compares to no other. Her smile lit up our gloomy room every time she entered. And no matter how many times we called, or how many times his IV infiltrated, she came with a smile. Idaly showed the love of her job in her patience and compassion for both of my parents. She listened actively to my Mom and patiently waited until she was through talking, no matter how long the conversation or story was. Her thorough assessment each and every day showed she cared for him like her very own dad.”

>> Hailey Hatcher, RN, works on 7 Central and has been with MCHS for two years. The patient who nominated Hatcher said, “Hailey gave me the upmost warm hospitality. I felt so comfortable with her. She attended to my every need and listened to me even when I was talking about personal concerns and not my health. Thank you so much. We need more nurses like her, I loved my stay because of her.”

>> Joseph Abrego, RN, has been with MCHS for eight years, with seven of those as a pharmacy tech and then recently as a nurse in the ICU. A patient’s family member nominated Abrego because she was impressed with the care he gave to her husband. She stated that Abrego answered questions fully and always included the patient in his responses, never talking about him as if he were not in the room. Abrego explained everything he was going to do when he came into the room. The nominator continued that Abrego was willing, upbeat, dedicated and personable.

>> Elizabeth Preskey, LVN, works on 3 West and has been with MCHS for four years. She was recognized by a patient who was very thankful and impressed with her care and prompt responses. His nomination said, “I was truly impressed with her patient and caring spirit. She focuses on patient care, even when it comes to non-medical items such as providing nail clippers when I was getting ready to home. Also, she was very prompt to bring my pain medication when I asked and I never had to wait. I appreciate her quick response to the call light. I would like to recognize the 3rd floor staff’s effort as well.”

For more information about the DAISY Award program, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.

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