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MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER

Awards recognize Memorial Medical Center nurses

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Two nurses at Memorial Medical Center (MMC) were recently honored with awards recognizing their exceptional work, MMC said in a news release.

Angelina Holguin, a registered nurse in telemetry, and Rhiamie McMurray, a registered nurse in MMC’s observation unit, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the international Daisy Foundation’s mission “to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care that nurses provide patients and families every day.”

 Holguin and McMurray were nominated for the award by MMC patients and family members. They were recognized for their service during the second quarter of 2021, MMC said.

“Angie was just exceptional,” a patient’s husband wrote in their nomination for Holguin, according to the news release. “She was particularly accepting and inclusive of me to my same-sex husband. (The patient) required fairly intensive care due to his Parkinson’s. She spent a lot of time caring for him and really cared. Please commend Angie for her exceptional attitude and care.”

“She is the best nurse I have ever had; she took such good care of me,” a patient wrote of McMurray’s compassion, MMC said. “She would come and fix my pillow, adjust my bed and see that I was comfortable. She really deserves being a nurse. She would come right away when I needed her. She deserves something special.”

The DAISY Foundation is a nonprofit established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. Barnes died at age 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The care Barnes 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, the MMC news release said.

“We are proud that our participation in the DAISY Program is a powerful way we continue to honor the hard work of our nurses,” said MMC Chief Nursing Officer Caryn Iverson. “Recognition and celebration mean more now than ever before as nurses tackle the challenges of Covid-19 in addition to their usual roles.”

DAISY award recipients are chosen by an MMC committee. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “extraordinary nurse,” a DAISY award pin and a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe.

To nominate an MMC nurse for a DAISY award, visit DaisyNomination.org/mmclc.