DAISY and TULIP Awards 2015

Carlinville Area Hospital Emergency Room nurse, Tish Schmedeke, was honored for excellent care by the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected awards program the hospital participates in each quarter.

As evidenced by the many positive comments received from her patients, Tish is devoted to exceptional care for all patients she comes in contact with. She is committed to delivering quality patient care at all times. Tish is extremely compassionate and caring. In order to maintain the most current trends in nursing, she is constantly seeking out educational opportunities. Tish shows respect for not only her patients, but also her co-workers and her co-workers always speak highly of her. She is an outstanding team member who is always willing to go above and beyond to assist where needed.

This year, Carlinville Area Hospital also recognized Donnette Nance for the Tulip Award, which is given to nursing assistants for their extraordinary care and dedication.

Co-workers and patients have expressed that Donnette is always compassionate and caring towards them. They will often ask for her on her days off of work. They enjoy her infectious laugh and attitude. She always makes her patients feel better after caring for them. She is a valued employee and CAH is fortunate to have her on our team.

The DAISY (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was started in Glen Allen, CA by family members of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. As a way of thanking Barnes’s nurses, his family established the award program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses everywhere perform every day.

The “TULIP” Award which stands for “Touching Unique Lives In Practice” recognizes nursing assistants. Just the like the DAISY Award, TULIP awards are given to nursing staff that go above and beyond to ensure their patients receive the highest quality of care. Winners are selected based on nominations received from patients, employees, and visitors.

The DAISY Award is one initiative of the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org, or contact Bonnie Barnes, President/Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, at (707) 996-7936 or at [email protected] For information about Carlinville Area Hospital, please www.cahcare.com.