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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital honors outstanding nurse with DAISY Award - December 2012

Sugar Land, TX - 12/6/2012

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

DAISY Award Recipient, Gloria Wallace, RN, with her family and the DAISY Award Committee. DAISY Award Recipient, Gloria Wallace, RN, with her family and the DAISY Award Committee.

Gloria was chosen for her extraordinary efforts in helping a family member find a patient. She has consistently demonstrated her ability to go beyond the standard of care for patients and their family members.  

When a family member came to the hospital looking for a patient and was having difficulty, Gloria made a decision to help. She actively helped the family member by calling all of the units and accompanied the family member to the emergency room to look even further. Gloria then called surrounding hospitals to help locate the patient and found that the patient had been admitted to another hospital. Gloria helped locate the patient in spite of the fact that she was already off duty. 

“Gloria’s sense of responsibility for her patients and family members extended far beyond the hospital’s walls,” said Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  “When she realized the family member was lost, 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, Gloria 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 Gloria 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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