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Special team DAISY award given to MLH staff who helped young mother

HASTINGS — Mary Lanning Healthcare recognizes its many outstanding nurses in a variety of ways.

Recently, MLH gave its first ever DAISY Team Award to a group of staff members who helped a young mother during a time of loss.

On Tuesday, April 4, area resident Savannah Murphy and her family presented nurses Ananda Kyle, RN; Kim Cyboron, BSN, RN; Deidra Heier, BSN, RN and Rita Petska, BSN, RN with the DAISY Award. This was the first time a team of individuals at MLH received the award together.

Murphy talked about how each of the team members was crucial to her and her family as she gave birth to her son, Owen, in December 2016. Doctors had already determined that Owen had passed away before birth. Murphy, who was around eight months pregnant, was taken to MLH to give birth.

Each of the team members stood by Murphy and her family members in many ways, including explaining the process, helping them grieve and providing them with memories of Owen. Most of the team members even attended Owen’s funeral service.

“My nurses made it clear that my fear of my son being forgotten would never happen,” Murphy said.

The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

Since the DAISY Award was initiated at Mary Lanning in 2015, seven MLH nurses have been recognized. Besides the team, they are Jose Bajo, RN BSN; Debra Cromer, LPN; Regina Anderson, RN; Karen Hubl, RN; Amy Sealey, LPN; Jennifer Flowers, RN BSN; Jan Franzen, RN BSN; Karla Casas, BSN; James Buettner, BSN RN and Sale Gentert, BSN RN.