Karen Cole, registered nurse (RN) at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC), received the DAISY Award for nursing excellence at a ceremony held at the hospital on May 10, 2017 during National Nurses Week. Cole has 39 years of service at ERMC and was nominated by three of her coworkers. She has worked in many departments throughout the years and currently cares for patients in the ERMC Medical/Surgical Unit. Cole has been a member of the hospital Auxiliary, an organization that provides volunteer and financial support to the hospital, since 1990.
One nomination states, “Karen has devoted her entire career to healthcare. She is the most dedicated employee I have ever known. She has worked all shifts at various times in varying departments. Karen has volunteered extensively for Eaton Rapids Medical Center, helping out with parade floats and local hospital-sponsored events, taking blood pressures at the Senior Center, and even maintaining the flower beds on the hospital grounds. She is happy and optimistic and sets a wonderful example for fellow employees. She has brought calm and peace to many situations and continues to do so regularly. Karen upholds the standards of excellence in nursing and continues to be an extraordinary advocate for patients and their families.”
Another nomination adds, “Karen has a very special way with patients and families. She connects with patients on so many levels with a genuine sense of compassion and a refreshing sense of humor. She is knowledgeable and helpful to all staff without being condescending. Karen functions well with her team and she is a valuable resource for me.”
ERMC joins healthcare facilities all over the world in participating in this recognition program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Cole was presented with a certificate, daisies, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”
Janet Silvestri, Northeast Regional Program Director for the DAISY Foundation, traveled to Eaton Rapids to attend the ceremony and honor Cole. The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. During Pat’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided-not only to Pat-but to everyone in his family. One of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the work they do every day.
To nominate a nurse for this annual award, fill out a nomination form in the main lobby of the Medical Center, located at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids.