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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses recognized for stellar patient care

BEECH GROVE, Ind. – Nurses bring many qualities when providing care to their patients and families. Dedication, joyful service and compassionate care motivates patients to get better and gives them encouragement.

Debby Anderson and Denise Mann are the June recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards, presented to registered nurses by Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Anderson, who works at the hospital’s Beech Grove campus, was nominated by a patient who spent more than 20 days on the 9 Tower unit at Beech Grove. “Debbie not only knows the medical side of her job, but how to connect with her patients in such a way that she nurtures them back to health emotionally.”

Mann works in the inpatient rehab department at Beech Grove. Nominated by the daughter of a 96-year-old patient, Denise’s care motivated this patient to get well. “She took the time to give my mother a pep talk. That pep talk started my mother down the positive pat of thinking she could return to her prior lifestyle – and she did!”

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 an auto-immune disease. His family was so impressed by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for him that they created this national award to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere. For more information, go to

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