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Janice Gonzales was recognized as the Daisy Award winner for this quarter at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. (Submitted Photo)

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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.

Congratulations to Janice Gonzales! Janice was recognized as our Daisy Award winner for this quarter.

When Janice was given her award she shared, “I am truly grateful to have been nominated for this award. I love caring for and assisting with the patients’ healing. I have a wonderful team of colleagues who are supportive and make working the night shift fun. It is a pleasure to serve our patients and also to work with friendly, competent and hardworking team members. I am very blessed to be a nurse and a Daisy recipient.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, 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 ENMMC to receive The DAISY Award. Janice received a certificate commending her 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.” She was also given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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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.”

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