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DAISY award presented to Special Care Unit nurse

June 09, 2013
  • Jefferson Medical Center recently named the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses winner for the first half of 2013. Pictured from left during the awards ceremony are Pam Alexander, Tina Mawing, DAISY Award recipient Kristy Brown, Denise Carter, Val Penick and Linda Blanc.
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RANSON, W.Va. — University Healthcare’s Jefferson Medical Center named Kristy Brown, a registered nurse in the Special Care Unit, as the recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses for the first half of 2013.

The award was presented to Brown during a recent ceremony at the hospital. She received a certificate, along with a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which was carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The DAISY, or Diseases Attacking the Immune System, award was established nationally to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day. Nurses at University Healthcare’s Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center are being honored throughout the year with the award, which is being sponsored by the University Healthcare foundations.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, an autoimmune disease.

The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.

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