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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses honored for extraordinary patient care

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

Registered nurses Joe Schnepp and Chris Hyman have been named the January 2014 recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Award.

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

Schnepp, who works on the critical care unit, was nominated for his exceptional, supportive care of a patient and the family. “Joe was very attentive to our father and performed above and beyond to make sure he was cared for as comfortable as possible,” wrote the daughter of the patient. “Joe was exceptionally supportive during this time.”

Hyman, who works on the adult intensive care unit, was nominated by several co-workers for the DAISY award. He provided compassionate care to one of his recent patients. “Chris sat with a dying patient so she wouldn’t have to die alone. He held her hand, sang to her and was so nice to her as she passed away,” wrote one co-worker.

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of 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