As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader
in nursing excellence. Every day, our nurses go above and beyond for our
patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts.
The DAISY Award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J.
Patrick Barnes. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills,
caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, and created
this international award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.
Huntington Hospital's June DAISY Award winner was Kathy Hanson, RN,
labor and delivery. Kathy was nominated by a patient who wrote the following:
“We found out our first daughter was not expected to live, but for
a brief time. Kathy created an environment that allowed my husband and
I to experience an inner peace that neither of us thought was possible.
I remember the feeling of her arms wrapped around me in what felt like
a warm embrace and not simply as a nurse holding her patient. She actually
spoke to us, not just about our daughter’s condition. Kathy asked
about our challenges during pregnancy and how we came up with the name.
She always said our daughter’s name and held her with care that
displayed to us that Kathy believed our daughter had intrinsic worth despite
her medical conditions and life expectancy. These simple acts validated
our daughter’s existence and gave meaning to our experience. I could
not be more thankful and Kathy will always have a special place in our
story. I am forever grateful for her kind words, caring touch, loving
heart and gentle spirit.”
For more information about the DAISY awards, please visit:
The DAISY Award at Huntington Hospital