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First Daisy Award Honoree Named at Grant Regional

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Grant Regional Health Center is excited to announce its first ever Daisy Foundation honoree. The award was presented on Wednesday, December 16 to Marie Wiederholt, RN. The DAISY award is a national award that recognizes extraordinary nurses and will be awarded twice annually at Grant Regional. Marie was selected from 13 staff nominations.

Marie is a registered nurse who works in several departments throughout the hospital including Med/Surg, OB and ER. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Clarke College in Dubuque and has been employed at Grant Regional since June of 2010.

Tish Wayne, OB Manager, nominated Marie for her positive, kind and hardworking nature. Tish said, “She is a true team player and is always checking in on her co-workers and managers throughout the day to see if there is anything she can do to help them. Marie is the most compassionate nurse with the kindest bedside manner I have ever witnessed. She would do anything for her patients and her peers. I’ve seen Marie stay long hours and pick up more shifts than any other nurse here at Grant Regional. Marie goes above and beyond in her dedication to caring for her patients whenever she can. Even on the worst days, Marie stays positive and keeps smiling. That is what I love most about Marie – her positivity and her smile. She rolls with the punches; I have never once seen her get upset or lose her cool. Marie has the most calming demeanor. Her patients and peers both benefit from her calming presence and approach. During a traumatic patient care event, Marie is the one I want to be by my side. She provides the best possible care – physically, emotionally and mentally. Marie exemplifies what being an extraordinary nurse means and I cannot think of anyone more deserving. We are truly blessed to have Marie as part of the Grant Regional family.”

About DAISY Award

In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkins Disease twice, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura).

Said his father, Mark Barnes, "We are so blessed that we were able to spend the eight weeks of his hospitalization with him and his family. During those weeks, we experienced the best of Nursing. We were there to see the clinical skill that dealt with his very complex medical situation, the fast thinking of nurses who saved his life more than once, and that nursing excellence that took years to hone to the best of the profession. But frankly, as a patient family, we rather expected that Pat would have great clinical care. That was why he was in the hospital. What we did not expect was the way his nurses delivered that care - the kindness and compassion they gave Pat and all of us in his family every day. We were awed by the way the nurses touched him and spoke with him, even when he was on a ventilator and totally sedated. The way they informed and educated us eased our minds. They truly helped us through the darkest hours of our lives, with soft voices of hope and strong loving hugs that to this day, we still feel."

Just days after he died, the family began talking about what they would do to help fill the giant hole in their hearts that Pat’s passing had left. His wife came up with the acronym, DAISY, standing for diseases attacking the immune system. As they discussed what to do in Patrick’s memory, first and foremost, they wanted to say Thank You for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day. That is when the family created The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.

Grant Regional is proud to continue this important tradition to recognize those who excel in the nursing profession. Congratulations Marie!