CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – Venus Fuchs was happy to return to the Fourth Floor at Mercy Hospital Jefferson where she spent several days in February. The trip was not a follow-up visit, but a chance to say thank you to one of her caregivers.
Christina Terrell, RN, is the recipient of the quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Mercy Jefferson. She was not the only one on the floor who tried to hold back tears as Fuchs read from the nomination form she had submitted while still in the hospital.
“From the time I got up here, she was checking on me all the time and worked with my medicine until she got my pain to a level that I could tolerate,” Fuchs said. “She showed me and my family kindness and a compassion that only comes from a nurse who really cares for her patients.
“I could only hope that I would have her for my nurse should I ever have to be hospitalized again. She was a pure joy to be around. She took the time to explain things to me and my family. She always gave service with a smile. She treated me and my family like we were a part of her family.”
Christina’s nomination was selected from more than 60 submitted by patients, visitors or co-workers over the first three months of 2016. The nomination called Christina “a true gem.”
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The family of Patrick Barnes established the Daisy Foundation in 1999 to express gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. The award is presented in more than 1,900 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries.
During the recognition ceremony, surrounded by her co-workers, Suzanne received an official DAISY pin, a certificate, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.” Additionally the national award calls for a celebration for all co-workers in the unit with Cinnabon cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.
“The Barnes family asks that whenever and where ever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment to think about how special they are.”
For more information visit www.daisyfoundation.org.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.