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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses plant goodwill with care for patients

INDIANAPOLIS – Two registered nurses at Franciscan St. Francis Health have been praised by patients and peers for above-and-beyond the call in care giving.

Registered nurses Wendy Ladd and Beverly Thomas have been named the May 2012 recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards.

Ladd, who works in the adult post-surgical unit, was nominated by a patient, who wrote:  “Wendy consistently demonstrates proficiency and expertise in performing her duties, but it is her uplifting spirit and positive energy that really sets her apart from the ‘norm’ and that norm being a very high standard at St. Francis.”

He went onto say that her technical expertise, in addition to her warm and cheerful attitude, went beyond the call of duty in making patient and guests feel more comfortable.

Thomas was nominated by a co-worker who recognized the compassionate care she provided to a patient, who had been hospitalized with no family nearby to help her.

The co-worker went on to say that Thomas sat with the patient during the difficult time and attempted to help after her night shift by calling back to the unit to check on the patient, even coming back in the next day to care for the patient.

“She is a true example of the DAISY award, the co-worker wrote.”

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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