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Monday, July 18, 2011

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses commended for patient, family care

INDIANAPOLIS – For Paula Egenolf and Janie Eason, nursing is far more than a career. It’s living the Franciscan St. Francis Health mission, providing joyful service, compassionate care and having a respect for life for patients.

The pair of registered nurses are being saluted as the most recent recipients of DAISY awards, presented by Franciscan St. Francis.

Egenolf, who works at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus, was nominated by a co-worker who didn’t work directly with Paula but happened to be visiting a patient when she encountered her. “Explaining a minute-by-minute detail of what would happen during the procedure and taking the patient’s hand and offering to pray with her, Paula inspired me, and I was privileged to share in the moment,” said a fellow nurse.

Eason works in the adult intensive care unit at Beech Grove. Nominated by a co-worker, Eason was commended for helping a family of patient get through a difficult day. “She was happy to care for the patient and family and happy to do what she was called to do as a nurse. Janie is a blessing and a perfect example of our Franciscan values in action!”

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of an autoimmune 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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