Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent DAISY Award to Debora Bedell, R.N. In the words of her peers, “[Bedell] goes out of her way to help patients and their families to make sure their needs are met.”
The DAISY Award nurse honorees at Bridgton 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.
Bedell’s nomination story included many examples of her dedication to having positive patient outcomes. One such story said, “There was a patient who needed a certain product in order to heal, but could not afford it. [Bedell] made numerous calls to the company and was able to have the product donated for better healing.”
Another more recent story involved a patient who had an emergent situation. Upon hearing the commotion Bedell went in the room, assessed the situation, knew a Code Blue should be called, and did her best to make sure appropriate equipment was near. Because of her efforts the patient survived the event.
Dr. Brittany Jacques summed up Bedell’s impact well by simply saying, “I couldn’t survive without her.”
As a DAISY Award Honoree, Bedell was presented a bouquet of daisies, a DAISY certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a cross-stitch bookmark handmade by an hospital employee, 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.