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Kari Edge honored with Daisy Award

Hospital news | Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Grant Regional Health Center is excited to announce its third DAISY Foundation honoree. The award was presented on Wednesday, November 10 to Kari Edge, RN. The DAISY award is a national award that recognizes extraordinary nurses and will be awarded twice annually at Grant Regional. Kari was selected from 6 staff nominations.

Kari is a registered nurse who works in our Med/Surg and Emergency departments. She earned her nursing degree from Southwest Tech and has been employed at Grant Regional Health Center since June 2020.

Nominations for this award are encouraged and can be submitted anytime throughout the year. Kari’s nomination was very heartful and the situation described was evident to Kari’s compassion and commitment to providing exceptional patient care especially during emergency situations. With this award, we recognize Kari for her dedicated and outstanding service to Grant Regional and our patients.

The nomination read,

One day in June was a scary day for me as a mom. I was not planning on rushing my 5-year-old daughter to the ER after having a sever reaction to a bee sting. I was an anxious mess. Kari took such great care of my daughter and me. My daughter was so scared. She showed her the EKG sticker pads and how the machine worked, got her something good to drink to get the bad medicine taste out of her mouth, and helped her get wrapped in a warm blanket when she complained about being cold. My daughter was screaming in fear when we arrived, and Kari had her smiling by the end of the ER visit. Kari put my mind at ease, as I was so worried and scared while they treated my girl. She reassured me I did the right thing by coming to the hospital. Kari also gifted my daughter with stickers and a mermaid doll.

Thank you to Kari for your kindness and great tender care of my daughter.

Nominated by: Holly Bernhardt

About DAISY Award

In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkin’s 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. For more information about our hospital and services, visit our website at www.grantregional.com.