Chelsey Smock was recently recognized recently as the spring 2018 Daisy Award recipient at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
At a presentation on April 20, Smock was recognized in front of her colleagues. She received a certificate commending her for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate 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." She was also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and 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 (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.
Any nurse at ALMH can be nominated for the award. Nomination forms are available throughout ALMH. Twice annually, a nurse will be selected by ALMH’s Nursing Shared Governance Council to receive The DAISY Award. Other nominated individuals included: Alissa Cross, Andrea Couve, Betsy Leesman, Charlotte Bland, Chrissy Fink, Jenny Rogers, Jessie Clark, Lauren Damm, Mary Strader, Nicole Sochotsky, Sarah Petro, Sarah Schmidt, Roger McCoy, and Kara Plowman.