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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses honored with DAISY awards

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health has two registered whose acts of compassionate care and joyful service has sewn seeds of gratitude among their patients and colleagues.

For Carol O’Keefe and Terri Sullivan, nursing is far more than a career. It’s a veritable calling.

O’Keefe, a surgical progressive care nurse at the Indianapolis campus, was nominated by a patient’s family member, who credited her for impeccable care.

“Carol is an angel and if God is, if he isn’t already, blessing her life for the love and kindness that she shows to her patients,” said the patient’s family member who nominated O’Keefe. “She is close to perfect as I’ve ever seen. She is super human.”

Sullivan, an ICU nurse at the Mooresville campus, was nominated by a colleague who nominated her for her compassionate care with several patients.

“Terri showed her generous nature with one long-term ICU patient and her beautiful giving nature with another terminally-ill patient,” said a respiratory therapist colleague. “She pulled her chair up to the patient’s bedside, held his hand and told him she was there and she would stay with. She reached out and hugged him.”

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 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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