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Nurses, Corpsmen Honored with DAISY Award at NHP

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sarah Legere, a corpsman with the General Surgery Clinic at Naval Hospital Pensacola laughs with a patient during an exam at NHP Feb. 5. Legere was nominated and won the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for care she provided to patients. NHP expanded the award to include corpsmen. Corpsmen are an integral part of health care in Navy Medicine and work side by side with nurses and doctors to provide care to patients. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and award is a national program to recognize exceptional nurses.

Story by Jason Bortz

Naval Hospital Pensacola

NAVAL HOSPITAL PENSACOLA, Fla. – Naval Hospital Pensacola held a ceremony to announce the winners of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses on Feb. 2.

The ceremony marked the first time the DAISY Award has been given at NHP.

According to the DAISY Foundation website, The DAISY Award celebrates nurses who provide extraordinary compassionate and skillful care every day. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of complications from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an auto-immune disease. The nursing care that Barnes received had a significant impact on his family and inspired them to create the DAISY Foundation. Over 2,800 health care facilities in all 50 states and 17 countries participate in the program and honor nurses with the DAISY Award.

In addition to recognizing extraordinary nurses, NHP expanded the award to include corpsmen. Corpsmen are an integral part of health care in Navy Medicine and work side by side with nurses and doctors to provide care to patients.

“Corpsmen are an important part of our health care team and we wanted to recognize them along with our nurses,” said Capt. Fran Barendse, director of nursing services at NHP. “We contacted the DAISY Foundation and they were fully supportive of us including corpsmen for the award.”

A total of 11 nominees were submitted for the award: seven nurses and four corpsmen. Nominees were submitted by both their peers and patients. Each nominee received a DAISY pin to wear on their hospital badge, but the winners also received sculpture, a sign to display in their work area, cinnamon rolls and a designated parking spot for a week. The cinnamon rolls are a DAISY Award tradition from when Barnes asked for cinnamon rolls while hospitalized.

“It was very hard to select the two winners,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gabrielle Crane, assistant director for nursing services and one of the board members that selected the winners. “All of the nominees demonstrated true compassion for caring for their patients and really exemplified the meaning behind the DAISY Award.”

The winning nurse was Lt. Cmdr. Edith Glanton, a midwife and department head for Labor and Delivery, and she was nominated by Mirielle Page. After delivering Page’s daughter in November, Page had some complications and began hemorrhaging. Glanton took immediate action and called a code purple, which is an obstetric emergency. Postpartum hemorrhaging is a leading cause of maternal mortality and is a condition that the staff of NHP trains for by conducting regular drills.

“It went from a routine delivery to a critical situation when she started hemorrhaging and lost consciousness,” said Glanton, who is from Decatur, Georgia. “At that point, I just reacted to the situation and our whole team of nurses, physicians and corpsmen worked together to save her life.”

Glanton’s experience and her quick reactions calmed the situation allowed Page to make a full recovery. Page, along with her husband, son and two month old Gracelynn Page, was at the ceremony to recognize Glanton.

“Not only did [Glanton] delivery my baby girl, but she also saved my life,” said Paige. “[Glanton] and the entire staff that were there that night are my angels.”

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sarah Legere, a corpsman with the General Surgery Clinic, was the corpsman selectee for the DAISY Award. Legere was nominated by MaryLouise Kuklish and her parents Kathryn and Tom Kuklish. MaryLouise, who goes by ML, was diagnosed with peristomal pyoderma gangrenosum (PPG) and was being treated at NHP. PPG is a rare condition that causes large, painful sores on the skin.

ML, who suffers from anxiety and is autistic, had to visit the hospital three times a week to receive treatment and Legere was part of the team that cared for her. Legere always greeted ML with enthusiasm, cheerfulness and professionalism. It was Legere’s positive attitude and sense of humor that made a lasting impression on ML and her parents.

“Legere’s passion for caring and her superb corpsman skills made all the difference in our daughter’s treatment plan when it mattered the most, “ said Kathryn Kurdish. “ We’re so grateful for her and her colleagues. ”

Legere, 26, wanted to be a corpsman to help people. Before being assigned to NHP, the Olean, New York, native was assigned to the USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20). She recalls the first time she met ML in the General Surgery Clinic.

“She seemed shy and didn’t talk much,” said Legere. “I tried to have a positive attitude with her and a good sense of humor to distract her from the reason she was visiting us and to put her at ease.”

Legere was told she had to attend the DAISY Award ceremony, but had no idea she been nominated by ML and her parents.

“I didn’t realize how much I helped her until the ceremony,” said Legere. “I just treated her like I treat all of the patients I see.”

The other nominees for the DAISY Award were Lt. Kathleen Kohl, Ambulatory Procedure Unit; Cmdr. Kathryn Garner, General Surgery Clinic; Lakisha Davison, Family Medicine Clinic; Michael Lynch, Multi-Service Ward; Hospitalman Skylar LeMaster, Multi-Service Ward; Adrienne McWilliams, Naval Branch Health Clinic Corry Station; Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bryana Robinson, NBHC Naval Air Technical Training Center; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rose Ann Garcia, NBHC Panama City; and TreRhonda Joseph, NBHC Belle Chasse.

The DAISY Award will now be a quarterly program at NHP to recognize other exceptional nurses and corpsmen.

Established in 1826, Naval Hospital Pensacola’s mission is to deliver high quality health care to ensure a medically ready force and a ready medical force through strategic partnerships and innovation. The command is comprised of the main hospital and 10 branch health clinics across five states. To find out more, visit http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/pcola/Pages/default.aspx or download the command’s mobile app (keyword: Naval Hospital Pensacola).

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