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Boston outpatient department nurse honored with DAISY Award during Nurses Week

Boston outpatient department nurse honored with DAISY Award during Nurses Week

Kathy Hannigan, RN, a nurse in the outpatient department at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, received this year’s DAISY Award. The DAISY Award is given out annually during Nurses Week to a nurse or nurses who represent quality care and compassion, and who make a difference in the life of a patient or in the hospital. Recipients may be nominated by their peers, physicians, patients, families, other staff members and administrators. Kathy was nominated by the mother of Sophia, who has been Kathy’s patient for 13 years.

Sophia’s mom wrote: “Kathy is Sophia’s favorite. She has healer hands and she is so genuine, warm and professional. Kathy gets on with the job in a confident, reassuring and friendly fashion, and her years of expertise are obvious. May Kathy be rewarded for her care and compassion. We love her!”

Mary Jo Pedulla, director of patient care services, presented Kathy with the DAISY Award Healer’s Touch sculpture, a certificate of recognition, a DAISY Award nurse’s pin, and of course, a beautiful bouquet of daisies. Mary Jo remarked, “The DAISY Award highlights empathy, education, and making a special connection with the patient and family. That Sophia and her mother recognize these values in Kathy is truly a testament to her impact. We are delighted to present Kathy with the 2019 DAISY Award.”

The DAISY Foundation began in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away due to complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. The Barnes family was so touched by the quality of care their son received that they created the DAISY Award as a way of saying “thank you” to all nurses who represent the best in the field. This year there were seven nominations for this prestigious honor. In addition to Kathy, the nominees were Kara Sher, Rich Grady, Sean Viera, Darlene Conti, Jeannie MacDonald and Elisabeth Seldon. Each nominee will also receive a DAISY Award pin in recognition of their dedication to our patients.

The Boston Shriners Hospital is proud of all of its nurses for their tireless efforts and the commitment they show to their patients each day.