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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses honored for making a difference

 INDIANAPOLIS – Making an enormous difference in the lives of patients they serve daily, two registered nurses at Franciscan St. Francis Health have been recognized by for extraordinary caregiving.

Registered nurses, Kelli Turlo and Bev Loudermilk have been named the July 2012 recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards.

Turlo, a post-surgical care unit nurse, Indianapolis campus, was nominated by a grateful patient, who wrote: “She made me feel comfortable, ensured me I wasn’t alone and gave me personal attention.  Kelli was so caring and her willingness to do for others is remarkable. I always felt her compassion and her caring spirit every time she entered the room. I will always now return to St. Francis and I would like to believe that Kelli had a lot to do with that decision.”

Loudermilk, an emergency department nurse Mooresville campus, was nominated by an inspired co-worker. Loudermilk recently helped a patient’s family by arranging a meeting with a hospice representative. She made endless phone calls and was able to arrange a meeting for this family at their home. 

“The family was so grateful and I believe Bev’s compassion was seen by all,” wrote her co-worker.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence. Franciscan St. Francis localized the program in 2010 to recognize its nurses for their achievements.

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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