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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses earn Daisy Award for exemplary patient care

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

Registered nurses Brenda Copas and Christa Hagist have been named the February 2014 recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards. Copas works in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, while Hagist works in the Adult Intensive Care Unit at the Indianapolis campus.

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

Copas was nominated for her special kindness toward a patient who was going to spend his 59th wedding anniversary in the hospital.  With a cake, a song and many other special touches, Copas was able to create a special moment for the patient and his wife.

Copas “goes the extra mile, beyond nursing care, to relationships with patients and families that forever touch their hearts and make then smile,” wrote a co-worker. “We have a nickname for Belinda, Saint Belinda. She passes blessings onto others without evening thinking it. It is just what Saint Belinda does.” 

Hagist also was nominated by a coworker for an extraordinary act of service.  She helped an ill patient provide a Christmas smile for his wife. Too sick to get out of bed and leave the hospital and with the gift shop closed, the husband had no Christmas card for his wife. Hagist created a card for her patient to give to his spouse.

“She truly made their day,” wrote the co-worker who nominated her for the DASIY award.

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