Congratulations to Mammoth Hospital’s DAISY Nurses

DAISY Nurses

Mammoth Hospital nurses were honored recently with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the amazing efforts nurses perform every day at a luncheon held May 6th at Mammoth Hospital.

Out of 15 nurses nominated in various specialties throughout Mammoth Hospital, the overall winner was Carrie Clotere, a nurse in the Emergency Department. Carrie started her career at Mammoth Hospital 22 years ago as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and has spent the last 15 years as a nurse. “I’m incredibly honored to receive this award,” says Clotere. “It’s great that The DAISY Award recognizes nurses just doing their jobs every day and I am very proud to be one of them.”

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.

Carrie received three nominations for the award, one written by Paula Vadsz, which stood out to award voters. “My 88 year old mother had to be taken to the ER at Mammoth Hospital on Thanksgiving afternoon. While no one wants to be in the ER on Thanksgiving, we are grateful that Carrie was the nurse on duty who helped us throughout our visit. She was very empathetic to our situation and treated all of us with dignity and respect. In addition, she was attentive to our needs throughout our stay and did her best to keep us informed. The kindness and compassion that she showed my mother was unparalleled. The good news is that my mom was released so Carrie even escorted us outside to ensure my mom got into the car safely. We are frequent visitors to Mammoth, but have never had to use the hospital’s services before. It’s comforting to know that we can get such good care and service from a hospital when we are visiting,” said Vadasz.

At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, Carrie was awarded a certificate commending her for being an extraordinary nurse, as well as a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Another nurse honored at the presentation was Jaymee Davis, Perioperative Services Manager who received the DAISY Nurse Leader Award. This award goes to nurse leaders who inspire compassion, mentor with compassion, lead with compassion, and support others in their compassionate care. Jaymee was nominated by Mammoth Hospital Orthopedic Surgeons, Drs. Karch, Gilmer, and Crall.

“Jaymee has done a fantastic job of stepping in and providing stability, growth, and improvement, says Dr. Brian Gilmer. “She moves seamlessly between the different parts of the OR team, treating everyone fairly and as the valuable team member they are. To say that is rare is an understatement. It is a unique quality that few people but many good leaders share. To listen to everyone, synthesize the different pieces, and to anticipate the challenges is the difference between avoiding problems and continually improving. Jaymee has more than the necessary skills, she has the necessary vision. She is accessible and effective from the bedside to the office and completes so many different roles with grace and poise. We are lucky to have her as part of our team.”

Jaymee has been a nurse for 22 years and has been at Mammoth Hospital for the last 16. “I feel so blessed to have such a great team to work with and I am honored to be recognized,” says Davis.

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