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CGH Recognizes DAISY Award Winner Alex Schmidt, RN

Hospital news | Friday, October 18, 2019

Contact: Rebecca Green

Alex Schmidt, a registered nurse in the CGH Critical Care Unit (CCU), was recently recognized in front of his friends, family and co-workers, as a recipient of the prestigious DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. An international program, the award is presented to nurses around the world who go above and beyond for their patients and demonstrate extraordinary compassionate care.

“Alex made everything very easy for all of us to understand the process. My husband was in the hospital and on suicide watch, and Alex made sure to call me and keep me informed on the whole process from beginning to end. If there was anything my husband needed, Alex did his best to make sure he had it. He communicated very well with me while all of this was going on, and he made what could have been a very hard time for all involved, very easy. Alex won us over as CGH patients, and we will be working over the next few months to get set up with doctors there.”

The nominator concluded, “I wish I could personally thank Alex for going above and beyond for us. He is an amazing staff member, and you are lucky to have him! Please thank him on my behalf. It’s not common for me to be writing such nice things about staff members in the health field, but when I come across one, they are a diamond that deserves a little extra light!”

The DAISY Award - an acronym for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” - was established by the DAISY Foundation in California in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. The DAISY Award continues to recognize and celebrate the outstanding professionalism and compassion that nurses bring to patients and their families every day.

Other CGH nurses nominated by our patients this quarter for the DAISY award included: Erika Adams, Abby Anderson, Danielle Baker, Brittani Berge, Debby Beveroth, Emily Crossley, Diane Ebersole, Andrea Fry, Laura Hawk, Kim King, Marla Lund, Micah McNeill, Kim Moses, Heather Musselman, Michelle Nelsen, Trisha Schuck, Breah Sharp, Whitney Smith, Angela Sullivan, Jodi Thompson, Heather Trotter, Annette VanLanduit, Chelsey Vetter, Lindsay Wallace, Kathy Wescott, and Denise Zink.

If you would like to submit a nomination for extraordinary nursing care that you or a family member have received at CGH Medical Center, please visit