Rumford Hospital presented its most recent DAISY Award to David Crawford, RN.
The DAISY Award nurse honorees at Rumford Hospital personify remarkable patient experience. DAISY Award nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.
Crawford was nominated for the DAISY Award by the grandparent of a patient who was in the midst of crisis. While in the Emergency Department, the grandparent and patient were treated with great care and felt just like another patient, despite the circumstance.
“[Crawford’s] care, comfort, and understanding helped us get through a rough night. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for all he did for us on our gloomy night. He made it so much easier to handle knowing that he was there if needed,” the story continued.
As a DAISY Award Honoree, Crawford was presented a bonsai tree as a symbol of goodness, a DAISY certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Additionally, everyone in attendance celebrated with specially made cinnamon rolls. The significance of the cinnamon rolls is that J. Patrick Barnes especially enjoyed sharing cinnamon rolls with his nurses, and his family felt this should be a part of the ceremonies across the country.
The DAISY Foundation was established in Glen Ellen, California, in 1999 by the family of Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Mr. Barnes’ eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses at his hospital provided not only to him but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in his memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the superhuman work they do every day.