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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital honors outstanding nurse with first DAISY Award

Sugar Land, TX - 8/1/2012

Keisha Guzman, RN, is Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s first DAISY Award winner, a national honor that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary nurses.

DAISY Award Recipient, Keisha Guzman, RN, with her family and the DAISY Award Committee. DAISY Award Recipient, Keisha Guzman, RN, with her family and the DAISY Award Committee.

Guzman was chosen for her efforts to ensure that a stroke patient was transported safely and settled into his home following his discharge from the hospital.

When the patient’s spouse expressed concern about the difficulty of getting her husband home, Guzman made a decision to help. At the end of her work shift, with her two children in the car, she followed the couple to their house and provided assistance.  Guzman even went to the pharmacy to have the patient’s prescriptions filled so the wife could stay with her husband.

“Keisha’s sense of responsibility for her patient’s safety extended far beyond the hospital’s walls,” said Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  “When she realized her patient had no local family or friends who were available to help, she stepped up and did what she could to provide assistance.  Her actions are a living example of the nursing unit’s motto, ‘Treat each patient and family as if they were your family.’”

In honor of her DAISY Award selection, Guzman received a certification of appreciation, a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe.  Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Nursing Administration group will select a DAISY Award winner each quarter.

The DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from an auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses inspired this unique award as a way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.  Today, more than 1,300 hospitals across the U.S. participate in the program.

One day while Patrick was in the hospital without an appetite, he was able to eat some of his father’s cinnamon roll.  The next day, he asked his family to bring him his own cinnamon roll, plus enough for all the nurses in his unit!  Today, the DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving cinnamon rolls to all the nurses in the award recipient’s unit as a reminder that their efforts are appreciated.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Leatherwood.  “Nurses like Keisha are every day heroes who demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise and compassionate care, and we are excited to be able to recognize her – and our future winners – as outstanding role models for the nursing profession.”

To nominate a nurse at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for the DAISY Award, please visit MethodistSugarLand.com.

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