Posted 5/10/2017 in News
~~Centerville, IA - A nurse at Mercy Medical Center - Centerville was honored last week with THE DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Vanessa Fraser, LPN was presented with the hospital’s 2017 DAISY award. Vanessa, a veteran nurse who has worked at the Mercy Clinic for 19 years, was recognized by multiple patients for her outstanding compassionate care.
The common theme among the nominations cited that Vanessa is a very special nurse who is a blessing to the patients in her care. She was described as kind, caring and always taking the time to listen and answer questions. Always smiling, she has the ability to make each patient feel special and goes the extra mile. One nomination said, “She is what everyone wants in a nurse.”
Fraser will be formerly honored in June at a ceremony in Des Moines with other Mercy Health Network DAISY Award recipients.
Several other Mercy-Centerville nurses were nominated for the award including: Cody Babbitt, RN, Michelle Cossolotto, RN, Becky Lenig, LPN, Barb DeVore, LPN, Colleen Stroud LPN, Brandon Dozier RN, Stacey Traxler RN, Lynsey Winkel RN, Paige Buckallew RN, Rachel Lamas RN, Kristy Cosgrove RN, Marilyn Ayer RN, Ragena Brown RN, Barb Pasa RN, Brittany McDermott RN, Juanita Hughes RN, Terri Buban RN, Holly Bain RN, and Cassie Parrish ARNP.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for the profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.