Nurses at Greene County General Hospital are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Employees outside of nursing staff are also being honored with the PETAL Award for exceptional service.
Connie Bedwell, LPN, who works in the hospital’s Emergency Department, was the DAISY Award Winner. Nurses recognized as DAISY nominees include Sarah Chapman, RN, Jacqi Suthard, RN, Jackie Goodwin, RN, CharLene Mowery, RN, Jenna Brown, RN, Blair Cazee, RN, Megan Smith, RN, June Herndon, RN and Jodi Gaither, RN.
Christine Smith, who works as an Administrative Assistant to the Primary Care Clinic, was the PETAL Award Winner. The PETAL award, standing for Performing Exceptional Tasks and Affirming Lives, is awarded to an employee nominated by patients or hospital staff. Employees recognized as PETAL nominees include Jodee Wade, Renee Bellman, Deanna McKain, Katie Ludwig, Angel Keene, Jennifer Lash, Raeann Feutz, Saralee Bledsoe, and Alysia Sullivan.
Connie Bedwell was nominated by the Respiratory Therapy team because she continuously strives to be a patient advocate while helping everyone around her. In her nomination they wrote, “if we were to define the perfect nurse, Connie Bedwell would be it. She is the Florence Nightingale of Greene County General Hospital.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barns. Three times each year, a nurse is selected by Greene County General Hospital’s nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”
To coincide with the DAISY Award, the hospital created the PETAL Award to acknowledge non-nursing staff for providing exceptional service to the hospital, patients, visitors, or colleagues. The employee is also presented with a certificate at a presentation given in front of their colleagues.
DAISY and PETAL Award applications will be accepted year-round at the hospital. Both award nomination forms are also available on the hospital’s website, GreeneCountyhospital.com