ERMC nurse receives inaugural DAISY Award

news 173Khristina Coker, a registered nurse (RN) at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC), was awarded the DAISY Award for nursing excellence at a ceremony held at the hospital last week. Coker, who joined the Medical/Surgical Unit two years ago, was the first recipient of this honor at Eaton Rapids Medical Center.

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. Coker was presented with a certificate, daisies, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”

In her nomination, Laura Launstein, rehabilitation manager at ERMC, states “While treating patients, I am confident that if I need any assistance, Khristina will be there, willing to help and always with a smile. We had a particular patient that had been in the hospital for many weeks. Khristina was always a positive influence for this patient and encouraged her to continue working toward recovery. She was very supportive of all therapy goals and assisted this patient in working toward independence, even though it meant spending more time with this patient. Khristina has an amazing, positive attitude with everything she does. She never makes patients or coworkers feel that they are an interruption of her work, but rather that they are the important part of her work.”

“We are so excited to be part of this prestigious program that recognizes what we do for our patients and families every day,” remarked Kris Allen, RN, vice president of clinical services at ERMC. “Khristina’s ability to influence patients through compassion embodies the spirit of this award.”

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.

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