The nomination for the newest DAISY Award Winning nurse states, “First and foremost in her heart and mind was the care she provided to our father and our family.” Those words sum up the reason why a patient’s family’s nomination led to the announcement and presentation of the quarterly DAISY Award to Maryjo Schmidtberger, RN. Maryjo is a nurse in the MSICU and has been an Associate at HaysMed since June 2008.
The winning nomination:
“We are incredibly grateful that Maryjo Schmidtberger was the nurse assigned to our father who was admitted to the ICU with a diagnosis of sepsis and aspiration pneumonia. Twenty-four hours after admission, he suffered respiratory distress while Mary Jo was present in the room. She quickly assessed the situation and immediately took charge, calling for back-up, calming him down and contacting the family to come to the hospital. Upon our arrival, Maryjo thoroughly explained what had occurred, talking to us in layman’s terms. Not only did she provide outstanding care to our father, she took great care of our entire family as well, leading us step by step through our anguish of having to make the tough decisions, praying with us over our father and staying later once her 12 hour shift was over to ensure the nurse taking over his care had all the important information. Maryjo connected with our entire family. We trusted her and she provided strong emotional support for us during this difficult period of time. Her positive attitude in encouraging us to stay hopeful yet to think ahead if our father took a turn for the worse demonstrates her dedication and loyalty to both her patients and their families. First and foremost in her heart and mind was the care she provided to our father and our family. Respect, Compassion, Spirituality, Trustworthiness, Excellence and Professionalism are all core values of Hays Medical Center. These values were shown each and every day by Maryjo in the care that she provided to our father. We will be forever grateful to Maryjo. “
Terry Siek, Vice President of Patient Care/CNO, said, “We congratulate Maryjo on the wonderful care that she provided to this patient and his family. Maryjo provided the quality of care and concern we value for all of our patients and their families at HaysMed.”
The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. HaysMed is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every quarter. Winners are selected by the Practice Committee based on blinded nominations. All nominations are active until selected or up to one year from the date of nomination.
To nominate a HaysMed nurse for the DAISY Award online, go to www.haysmed.com/daisyaward . If you have questions, you can call Connie Mermis at 785.623.2388.