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Friday, May 3, 2013

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses honored for making a difference

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

Registered nurses, Dolores Grah and Shannon Bruce have been named the March 2013 recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards.

Bruce, a dialysis nurse at the Indianapolis campus, was nominated for the special things she does for her patients.

 “Shannon frequently does special things for her patients including giving Valentine’s Day cards, and most recently getting flowers for a patient to give to his wife on their anniversary,” explained the co-worker who nominated her. “I feel she goes out of her way for all of her patients and is quite deserving of this award.”

Grah, a critical care unit nurse at the Indianapolis campus, was nominated by a co-worker who felt she went above and beyond with a patient’s care. Dolores helped a patient in need outside her usual nursing duties.

 “She bathed layers of dirt off his body, lotioned his skin, washed his clothes and bought him a new pair of shoes,” wrote the co-worker.  “Dolores continually cares for patients in the most selfless, compassionate ways. She is an amazing servant of Christ.”

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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