Nurse Villalobos Earns DAISY Award

Nurses at Beebe Healthcare are being honored with The DAISY Award, a part of the DAISY Foundation’s national program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make every day.

Beebe’s June recipient is Anne Villalobos, a non-invasive cardiology nurse, who was recognized for the compassionate care she provided to a patient, Mr. Peter Goobic. Beebe presents the DAISY Award to nurses on a quarterly basis.

Mr. Goobic arrived at the hospital for a scheduled stress test and was very concerned about the outcome.

“Anne immediately put me at ease,” Mr. Goobic wrote in his nomination. “She thoroughly explained the process of the stress test and answered all my questions… We talked about family, parents, grandchildren, and her training, and exchanged funny stories. Anne also gave me good advice on living a healthier life. She laughed at my jokes. Can it get better than that?

“Anne was the consummate professional by quickly identifying my trepidation, putting my mind at ease, and treating me like I was a member of her family. I wasn’t patient No. 6 that day for Anne, I was a new friend.”

Anne was presented with a DAISY Award certificate and a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture during a recent surprise ceremony. Each DAISY honoree receives the statue and the certificate, which commends the honoree for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” It reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

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

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Beebe Healthcare to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.

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

“Beebe is proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Chief Nursing Officer Steve Rhone, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

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