Danella Thompson, RN, has been honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. She is the first recipient of the award at Medical City Fort Worth, which recently became part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the profound difference that nurses make in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Thompson works the night shift in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Medical City Fort Worth. She was nominated for the DAISY award after going above and beyond in an instance that exemplifies commitment to patients inside and outside of the hospital. During her shift, one of her patients was anxious and concerned about how his wife, who suffers from dementia, would return to the hospital the next day. On her personal time, after working a 12-hour shift, Thompson drove to the couple’s home in her own vehicle -- about 30 miles away from the hospital – to pick up the patient’s wife and return her to the hospital so she could be with her husband.
“This act of kindness and service is a true example of putting our hospital’s mission into action – Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life,” said Medical City Fort Worth Chief Nursing Officer Damita Williams. “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a unique way for us to do that.”
The nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of an auto-immune disease. The care that Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this appreciation program for nurses. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues. Recipients are selected by a committee of nurses at each hospital participating in the program. DAISY Award nominations for nurses at Medical City Fort Worth may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.