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.
Bridgton Hospital presented its most recent DAISY Award to Sara Kapinos, RN. In the words of her peers, “No matter what type of day Sara is experiencing, she always has a smile. We are privileged to have this DAISY as an important team member of perioperative services.”
Kapinos always goes the extra mile for her patients. Her nomination story included many hours dedicated to phone calls to a patient’s provider, Hospitalists, and Gastroenterologist and coordinating an admission to ensure that the patient would be able to have a procedure.
Her flexibility to float to between units and critical thinking skills make Kapinos a great team player and positive asset to Bridgton Hospital.
As a DAISY Award Honoree, Kapinos was presented a bouquet of daisies, a DAISY certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a cross-stitch bookmark handmade by a 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.