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Letha Burrell receives first DAISY Award at HVCH

Letha Burrell

Letha Burrell, RN, Surgery Department, of Hocking Valley Community Hospital was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Nominations are submitted from patients or family members through the DAISY Foundation. This year, HVCH had 11 nominations. Letha’s nomination read:

“My father was in the outpatient surgical department for an elective procedure. Letha goes above and beyond to take great care of her patients. She is committed to her job and strives for excellence at HVCH. She is so caring and empathetic to each and every individual she provides care for. She has taken care of my dad on several occasions. My dad now has Parkinson’s Disease and she was reassuring him that he was going to be OK and she would take good care of him. She did not rush him or hesitate to assist him and always acted as if he was her only concern. Letha treats her patients and patients’ family with dignity and respect. The love for her patients and the nursing profession shines through each and every day. It is so wonderful that we have compassionate and caring nurses that serve HVCH.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. 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.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Doctor of Humane Letters and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at [hospital] are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“Letha shows compassion and kindness every day in providing our patients with the best care. We are pleased to be a part of the DAISY program and recognize nurses at Hocking Valley Community Hospital for their commitment to our patients and community,” Chief Nursing Officer Beth Kluding said.

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