DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Madera California, July 13, 2017: Madera Community Hospital Announces DAISY Foundation participation.

Madera Community Hospital (MCH) is joining more than 2500 healthcare organizations across the county in recognizing compassionate nursing care with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The DAISY Award, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was started in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family. The family wanted to say "thank-you" to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program, The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.

For several years, Madera Community Hospital selected and awarded a Nurse of the Year during the annual Hospital Week Celebration. "Each month, we discharge more than 300 patients, provide outpatient surgery to an average of 15 patients a day, an average of 3000 patients visit the Emergency Department each month and 4000 - 5000 patients visit our primary and specialty clinics each month. Honoring the contributions of only one nurse a year isn't reflective of the compassion our nurses exemplify every day," said Jane Winning, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Madera Community Hospital. The DAISY Foundation recognition program keeps nursing in the forefront of care. "We have extraordinary nurses; BSN's, RN's and LVN's, each is vital in the healing and optimal recovery of our patients," added Winning.

MCH DAISY Awards will be presented throughout the year beginning in July 2017. Recipients are nominated by their peers, physicians, patients and their families, and other staff and administrators. "DAISY Recognition is an example of all the right going on in our hospital and health system," Stell Manfredi, Chair, MCH Board of Trustees. "I can tell you, from personal experience, no one can say, nurses receive enough recognition," added Manfredi.

DAISY Award presentations are in the Unit and the honorees' stories will be shared publicly. All nominations are blinded, symbolic of the transparency and trust among nurses. The nomination form and instructions can be found at www.MaderaHospital.org/DAISYAward.

Additional DAISY Foundation information can be found at www.daisyfoundation.org.

About Madera Community Hospital

Our 106 bed General Acute Care hospital was founded in 1971 by a group of citizens committed to providing quality emergency and hospital services to Madera County residents. Today Madera Community Hospital is the County's premier health system providing integrated care through access to primary medical service with Rural Health Clinics in Chowchilla and Madera with 22 medical specialties. Madera Community Hospital continues to receive awards for Labor and Delivery Care, Orthopedic Surgery and is nationally recognized for excellent patient satisfaction and low hospital acquired infection rates. Madera Community Hospital is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program and earned a "B" from Leapfrog in April, 2017.

For more information about Madera Community Hospital visit MaderaHospital.org