Corydon, June 1, 2012: Wayne County Hospital has an outstanding group of nurses and to single an individual out for recognition has special meaning. This is what her colleagues thought about Ruthi Wagler, RN when they nominated her to receive the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).
The family, impressed by the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program. Thus was born the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.
DAISY Award recipients are nominated by their, peers, physicians, patients and families, and other staff and administrators. This is a merit-based award that honors not only great clinical skill and leadership but especially strong patient care and compassion.
Ruthi Wagler, RN was presented the DAISY award at a special recognition ceremony during National Hospital Week. Sheila Mattly, CNO and Jeralee McCarty, Director Med/Surg presented the award to Ms. Wagler including a certificate of recognition;” A DAISY Award pin; a unique, hand-carved stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled “A Healer’s Touch;” and special Cinnabon Cinnamon a dedicated sponsor of the program.
“Ruthi brings joy to every room she enters, always smiling, calm and providing encouragement. She does an outstanding job caring for her patients,” commented Sheila Mattly, CNO. “It was truly my pleasure to present this award to her.”