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Friday, November 2, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses go the extra mile when caring for patients

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health has recognized two registered nurses whose compassion and professionalism have earned the gratitude and respect from their colleagues and patients.

Kathy Chesney and Kim Wilson are the October recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards. The awards are part of The DAISY Foundation, a nationwide program recognizing nurses.

Wilson, who works in the Emergency Department at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville, was nominated by a co-worker. She was cited for assisting a patient who arrived not knowing his name or having any identification. After an exhaustive effort, she was able to pull together enough information to help him locate his wife.

 “Kim went above her “nursing” duties,” said the co-worker who nominated her. “She cared for this patient for multiple hours and always with a smile.”

Chesney, who works on the post-surgical unit at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, was nominated by a grateful daughter-in-law of a patient.

 “She went the extra mile in every situation to see that my husband’s mother was getting the help she needed following surgery.” The family member wrote. “Kathy took the steps to ensure this patient was receiving the dedicated care she needed to be well-informed and comfortable. We give two ‘thumbs up’ to Kathy Chesney, an extraordinary RN.”

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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