Contact: Rebecca Green
Erika Adams, a registered nurse and patient navigator in the CGH Diagnostic Imaging Department, was recently recognized in front of her 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.
“My daughter was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and from the very beginning Erika, as nurse navigator, has been there for her,” said the nomination for Erika. “It has been a trying time…made much more understandable with Erika’s guidance! She really understands what information a patient and their family members need. Erika was very careful not to overload us at the start, and gave us the positive information, as well as the not so good.”
The nominator concluded, “Erika has come through as a kind, compassionate, and informed advocate! She will hold your hand, or whatever you need, and do it with sincere determination to ease the patient’s anxiety. We know as we go through this time, we have many people to help, and Erika will also be there to help us with every step! Our thanks to CGH for employing such a wonderful nurse!”
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: Abby Anderson, Brittani Berge, Barbara Duffy, Elizabeth Goff, Manuel Mooney, Heather Moser, Heather Musselman, Michelle Nelsen, Kristy Pierce, Stephanie Robbins, Whitney Smith, Randi Sturtevant, Lori Vandermyde, Lisa Vos and Esther Whiles.
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 www.cghmc.com/daisy.