Hank Ritchie, Nurse with Aspirus Cancer Care-Stevens Point, Wins DAISY Award

Congratulations to Henry "Hank" Ritchie, Registered Nurse with Aspirus Cancer Care-Stevens Point. He is the winner of the Aspirus Southeast Division's quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Hank was nominated by a patient, who wrote:

Henry "Hank" has been with me since the beginning of my fight with multiple myeloma. He's done so many things to keep my spirits up and keep me fighting, that it’s hard to name one thing. He's always available when I need him and has done wonders coordinating my treatment, helping my transplant docs talk to my oncologist, and keeping my meds in order with the pharmacy. I couldn't do this without him. We're both into retro video games/arcade games, and each time I would come in for chemo, Hank would bring in a handheld video game for me to play... something different from his collection each time. Really helped with the wait while the pharmacy mixed up my chemo. We've become good friends. He's a very special guy, who I really appreciate.

Hank was also nominated by a patient's fiancé, who wrote:

For the past six months, Hank went above and beyond to provide exceptional care to my fiancé while he went through one of the toughest stages of life. Every two weeks, we spent hours in the oncology department with chemo treatments. He was able to provide great communication and friendly chatter to make my fiancé feel comfortable. He knew and remembered all of his preferences, regardless of how many patients he had seen day in and day out. He listened to me when I needed to advocate for additional treatment; and he was never bothered when I brought my nursing questions to the table. We are beyond thankful for the care we received; and Hank was a constant friendly face anytime we entered the department. 

The DAISY Award recognizes the outstanding and extraordinary care nurses provide every day. DAISY Award winners and nominees exceed the needs and expectations of patients and families by displaying the Aspirus core values of Compassion, Accountability, Collaboration, Foresight and Joy.