Mercy Medical Center nurse Kathy Goetzl was awarded the quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, sponsored locally by Hy-Vee Floral, is presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday.
Goetzl began working on the Medical Unit at the former Jane Lamb Hospital after receiving her ADN. Goetzl continued her work until the merger of the two hospitals and transferred with her unit to Samaritan North, now known as Mercy Medical Center. She is a nurse on the Med / Surg Unit located on the 4th floor. Her nominator stated that when she first began in 1986, she brought inspiration to both employees and patients as a young, energetic new graduate who loved caring for patients. Goezl was recognized for her love of caring for patients and develops a relationship with each by spending time listening and following through on their needs and the details of their care. “Kathy continues to dote on all of her patients,” said the nomination adding that she has been recognized by name by patients after discharge.
Goetzl received a certificate commending her for being an Extraordinary Nurse and stating “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Goetzl also received a Daisy Pin, a bouquet of daisies donated by Hy-Vee Floral and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. Mercy’s MedSurg Unit also was honored with cinnamon rolls.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Quarterly, in May, August, November, and February, a nurse will be selected by Mercy’s Clinical Advancement Recognition of Excellence Council to receive The DAISY Award. Patients, family, visitors, friends, coworkers, or physicians can nominate nurses. Those interested in nominating a nurse can obtain a nomination form at the front desk or at any nurse’s station.
Mercy Medical Center-Clinton is one of more than 1300 organizations committed to The DAISY award program. For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, please go to www.DAISYfoundation.org.