Lutheran Health Network Set to Recognize Extraordinary Nurses

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Nov. 12, 2019) Lutheran Health Network is pleased to announce its collaboration with The DAISY Foundation to recognize nursing professionals who go above and beyond to provide extraordinary, compassionate nursing care for patients and families every day.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. In late 1999, Patrick died at the age of 33 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 way of thanking those professionals for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Patients, families and colleagues can nominate nurses from any LHN hospital, urgent care clinic or Lutheran Health Physicians office for The DAISY Award. Recipients will be selected from each location and awards will be presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by each honoree’s colleagues, patients and special visitors. Honorees receive an “Extraordinary Nurse” commendation, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” created by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

“The DAISY Award is our way of recognizing the compassionate care our nurses provide every day and is a reflection of the connections between a nurse and his or her patient,” stated Natalie Seaber, chief nursing officer, Lutheran Health Network. “It is all about creating moments that impact the patient and family in a way they will never forget and serves as further proof that it is far better to give than receive.”

“This honor highlights the care we provide and the meaningful difference nurses make in the lives of their patients,” adds Seaber. “We are thrilled to bring this award to Lutheran Health Network to acknowledge our nurses and to show them how valued they truly are.” 

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