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Daisy Award Recognizes First Honoree of 2011

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 12:00 AM

The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses recognizes the incredible work that nurses do every day. It was established by the DAISY Foundation, a foundation for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Mr. Barnes’ parents established the foundation in Patrick’s memory, because they had experienced first hand the skills as well as the caring and compassion of many nurses.

At Garden City Hospital (GCH), the DAISY award is presented every other month to an outstanding nurse based on nominations. As of July, 2010, 643 healthcare organizations committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award. GCH is proud to be among the recognized hospitals honoring our nurses.

“Garden City Hospital has chosen to participate in the DAISY award program to honor extraordinary nurses who make a difference in the lives of the patients and their families,” stated Kathleen Urban, Director of Rehabilitation Services. She added, “These nurses are unsung heroes. Little things make a big difference for the patient. Nurses take for granted what they do, but their patients surely don’t.” 

Meet Our January 2011 Winner Congratulations to Traci Kalinski, R.N., 3 East/Oncology, for being honored as GCH’s first DAISY Award winner. Traci received several nominations including those from GCH physicians, hospital staff, and patients. This is what they had to say about her...

GCH Staff wrote:
“Traci has stayed many nights after her shift has ended and helped change patients, comfort patients and ambulate patients without any gripes. No one ever had to ask her to stay and help, she just did, because she knew we could use the extra hand.”

“She always spends extra time with her patients and their families to help them feel more comfortable in every situation. She always has a smile on her face no matter what. She is a great example of an amazing nurse and I admire her for that.”

Physicians wrote:
“One of the best RN’s I have every worked with, always pleasant, nice and kind to my patients. I truly believe Traci is an asset to her unit and well liked by the patients.”

“Traci spends extra time each day to comfort a patient’s family and help them grieve their dying family member. She showed a lot of compassion and empathy and takes time out of her day to console them.”

Her Patient wrote:
“She was very nice. She was quick to respond when I called her. Patient said, “I was on isolation precautions for a few days and nobody seemed to want to visit me too much. Traci was the only one that didn’t make me feel like a pariah.”

As a winner, Traci was presented an award certificate, sculpture and pin. Additionally, Traci’s department received cinnamon buns for all staff. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to making a difference Traci!