Awards and AccreditationRenown Health Honors ICU Nurse
Renown Health Honors ICU Nurse
Reno, Nev. (May 29, 2007) - Allison Platz, a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Renown Regional Medical Center was named the May 2007 recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary nurses. The national award, given by the DAISY Foundation, recognizes nurses who provide exceptional care to patients and their families.
The nomination form cited Platz's willingness to respond to a patient in distress on a different unit as part of the hospital's rapid response team. The nurse that nominated Platz described her attitude as calm and collaborative, which resulted in determining, along with her colleagues, what was best for the patient. The nomination further praises Platz for her compassion, her willingness to take on difficult and complex patient care assignments and her supportive nature towards her peers.
Platz graduated from the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree.
About the DAISY Foundation DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation is a national organization devoted to helping fight diseases of the immune system. The Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little-known autoimmune disease.
J. Mark Barnes, president of the DAISY Foundation, said, "When my son Patrick was critically ill, my family and I experienced the remarkable skill and care nurses provide to acutely ill patients every day and night. We created the DAISY Award to show nurses how special they are to patients and their families."
The organization helps fund research to improve treatment for and ultimately cure ITP. Additional information about the DAISY Foundation can be found at www.daisyfoundation.org.
About DAISY and Renown Health Tracy and Jere England of Truckee, California, were instrumental in bringing the DAISY Award to Renown Health, one of just 40 hospitals nationwide in which nurses currently are recognized with the award.
Several years ago, the England's premature twin sons were hospitalized in Renown Regional's Newborn Intensive Care Nursery. One son, Geoffrey, later died from medical complications. However, the Englands were so impressed by the quality of care given by the NICU nurses, they worked with the DAISY Foundation to present the award to nurses in that unit. Through the England family's generous sponsorship, the nomination process is now open for nurses throughout Renown Health's four-hospital system, where the DAISY Award is presented monthly.
"It means so much to us that the England family has worked to recognize Renown Health nurses in this very special way," said Dana Dye, Chief Nursing Officer, Renown Health and Chief Operating Officer, Renown Regional. "Our nurses play a critical role in the delivery of healthcare, and it is important that we recognize what a significant difference they make. The DAISY Award is a terrific way to communicate this message."
Each nurse presented with the DAISY Award receives a framed certificate, a handcrafted sculpture, a lapel pin, Cinnabon cinnamon buns (a favorite of Patrick Barnes), and a bunch of daisies.