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Nurses at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Alycia Lodoza, RN

This quarter’s recipient is Alycia Lodoza, RN. Alycia is a nurse in the Ambulatory Care Unit at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Alycia has worked on the Ambulatory Care Unit for a little over a year and can always be found with a smile on her face. Alycia is known for looking for ways to go above and beyond for her patients and her coworkers. Eastern New Mexico Medical Center is honored to present the Daisy Award to Alycia and we thank her for the pride she takes in caring for her patients each day. Alycia is truly an inspiration.

There were several nominations submitted for Alycia. Of those, one of the patient’s family members wrote, “When my mom, the patient, and I first visited her she was pleasant and professional.  We were sent to radiology for a chest X-ray and encountered another staff member who was not as friendly.  Long story short, we returned to Alycia for assistance.  She gladly helped us and far exceeded anything we could have asked for.  We feel she should be recognized for her exemplary service and treatment of not only my mother but of me.  She is a true asset to the ENMMC.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. 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. 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.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and they are chosen by a committee at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being 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.” The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s franchise partners, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

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 work they do. The kind of work the nurses at ENMMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Temple said, “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.”

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to DAISYfoundation.org.

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