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May 2019 - Judy Bedford, RN, first OMC recipient of The DAISY Award


Chief Nursing Officer and Hospital Chief Operating Officer Lorraine Wall, RN, honored Judy Bedford, RN, with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® at Olympic Medical Center recently. The award, created by the DAISY Foundation, recognizes the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care provided to patients and families every day. 

"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 way for us to do that,” said Wall. 

Bedford, a medical office nurse coordinator at OMP Primary Care Clinic in Port Angeles, received several nominations including the following submitted by a patient: "My nurse goes to the fullest of her ability to comfort, explain, inform and assist in any way with any patient. I have had multiple medical experiences in the past three years and each time she provided the highest quality of care, knowledge, and professionalism I have ever seen. She reassured me on my transfer to another hospital, gave me information on expected care there and helped me with follow up care and appointments. My concern and anxiety were relieved.  I worked as an RN for over thirty years. The care, knowledge, and concern for her patients demonstrates a degree of professionalism that I wish I could have achieved in my own career.”

Bedford cared for patients at Olympic Memorial Hospital and Virginia Mason before joining Olympic Medical Physicians Primary Care Clinic in 2006.

OMC nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful, hand-carved sculpture called A Healer’s Touch.
 

Pictured from left: Robin Burse, RN, director, Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics Unit nursing, Katrin NM. Junghanns-Royack, RN, director, ICU/Telemetry nursing, Judy Bedford, RN, medical office nurse coordinator, OMP Primary Care, Lacey Gentry, RN, manager, OMP Primary Care and Pediatric Clinics, Lorraine Wall, RN, chief nursing officer and hospital chief operating officer, and Gretchen Souza, RN, manager, education.
 

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.)  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 patient families. More information can be found at DAISY Foundation.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Olympic Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Go to DAISY Award for more information or to nominate an extraordinary OMC nurse.


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