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Aspirus Langlade Hospital awards its first Daisy award

Antigo, WI Nurses at Aspirus Langlade Hospital are being honored with THE DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. 

The DAISY Award recipient celebrated on May 4, 2020 was Sue Deisinger, Hospice RN. Her nomination was received from a family member of a Hospice patient and read “Sue arrived to help convince my grandfather to sign up for Hospice and was very patient and informative with him. When he refused, she was very supportive of his decision and then was able to comfort and calm me, his caregiver. She said give him time. He signed the next day. As a WWII veteran having served and lost a brother at Iwo Jima, he was proud of his country. Sue knew he only had a few days left and that his family was in town to see him, so she rallied the Vets and performed the pinning ceremony in a day’s notice. That was the last time he had real awareness. It was her weekend on call taking care of about 29 patients, but she took the time to make this happen for us. Thank you, Sue.  You are a special person.”

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  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.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues.  The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Aspirus Langlade Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented two times per year.  Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Aspirus Langlade Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.” Said Chief Nursing Officer Sherry Bunten, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”      

Our other Aspirus Langlade Hospital Nurses who received DAISY nominations over the last 6 months to become eligible for the DAISY award included: Vicki Struble RN, Med/Surg; Rita Willson RN, Hospice; David Augustyn RN, Kidney Care; Michelle Hulman RN, Oncology; Jen Karpf RN, ICU; Mickey Cleereman RN, Med/Surg; Nico Elwardt RN, ICU; Ellen Wiedemann RN, Med/Surg; Maxine DesJarlais RN, Emergency Dept.; Melissa Lambert RN, Surgery; Alanna Kautza RN, Birthing Center; Ashley Goulet RN, Emergency Dept.; Amy Seis RN, Surgery; Tracey Novak RN, Surgery; and Beth Gravitter RN, Med/Surg.  Congratulations to all of our nominees.