Aspirus Medford staff recently presented emergency department nurse Jeff Beard with the DAISY Award for Outstanding Nurses in recognition of their commitment and patient-centered approach to care. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts that nurses perform every day.

Recipients of the Aspirus Medford Hospital DAISY Award are nurses recognized for exceeding patient expectations by providing services with respect, compassion and integrity; generating enthusiasm and energy while carrying out daily tasks and responsibilities; make a meaningful difference and listen not only with the ears but also with the heart.

Beard was nominated for the DAISY Award by a patient’s family. The nomination reads: My mother-in-law asked me to nominate Jeff Beard for the wonderful care he gave her during an emergency room visit this fall. She had an accident during bowhunting season in which her finger was injured and needed urgent treatment. It was in such a rush to get the ED at Medford and in her haste she had left her wallet behind. Right from the visit, she demanded to have prescription drugs which she could not afford because she did not have her wallet with her. She was relieved and amazed that Jeff had quickly offered to pay for her InstyMeds so she wouldn’t have to worry about money when she was already overwhelmed by the events that had unfolded that night. She was so grateful that he had such a big heart for being willing to place her as a patient first and felt like she had been cared for in such a genuine way. She returned to the ER the next day to thank him and still speaks so highly of the care she received from Jeff to everyone around her in the community. AMH is lucky to have such a generous and honest employee on its team!

Beard and his colleagues were treated to cinnamon rolls that honor the memory of the late Patrick Barnes who once ate his father’s cinnamon roll while in hospital with no appetite for food. He then asked for one for the next day – and enough for all the nurses on the unit. The hope is that every time a nurse smells this wonderful aroma of cinnamon, she will stop for a minute and think how special she is to be a nurse. Additionally, Beard received an honored daisy pin, a certificate, and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists from the Shona tribe in Africa. A celebratory banner will hang in her workspace for a month, generating positive conversation about the special role nurses play in patient care.

Established in 1999, the family of J. Patrick Barnes established the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to honor his memory by paying tribute to the skilled and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his hospitalization. Today, more than 3,200 health care facilities in every state and 22 countries honor nurses with the DAISY award. Nurses can be nominated by patients, families, visitors and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of Medford volunteers to receive the DAISY award.