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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses honored for care excellence

Joe Fenton

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health has two nurses whose acts of professionalism and compassion has sewn seeds of gratitude among their patients and patients’ families.

And that’s why registered nurses Joe Fenton and Joan Mast have been named April’s recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards. The awards are part of The DAISY Foundation, a nationwide program recognizing extraordinary nurses.

Fenton works in the heart intensive care unit at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis; Mast cares for patients in the intensive care unit at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

Fenton’s nomination came from a patient’s sister, who wrote: “All the staff was great but Joe had a way about him that would calm the family down when the family would get very high with anxiety.” He has shown us love and compassion and is most worthy of receiving this outstanding award.”

The daughter of a patient of Mast recognized qualities in her that exemplify extraordinary service.

In nominating Mast, she wrote: “Joan took the time and effort with my mother that showed compassion and thoughtfulness. She has such a caring, compassionate and loving sense about her.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence that our Franciscan St. Francis nurses bring to their patients every day.

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

To learn more about nursing careers and programs at Franciscan St. Francis, go to

Joan Mast