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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

St. Francis Health nurses recognized for extraordinary patient care

INDIANAPOLIS – Nurses bring many qualities when providing care to their patients and families. When medicine no longer works sometimes all it takes is a boost of encouragement.

Or a simple hug.

Becky Simon and Molly Britt are the latest recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards, presented to registered nurses by Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Simon, who works at the hospital’s Beech Grove campus, was nominated by the family of a post-operative patient who was experiencing much discomfort and discouraged by his slow rate of recovery. “Becky not only provided continuous care for my son, but gave him great counsel, hope and spiritual comfort throughout his care.”

Britt works in the emergency department at Mooresville. On a recent shift, she noticed an elderly man who was overwhelmed after learning his son had just died. Taking all of this in, Britt approached the man and asked if “he” needed a hug. “He nodded and Molly engulfed him in a compassionate hug,” wrote a co-worker who nominated her for the award. “You could tell by the look on his face he appreciated her caring attitude at an emotional time.”

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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