Nurses honored for caring efforts

Five nurses at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita were nominated for the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, from left: Melissa Moseley, Karen Brennan, Linda Southam, Karrie Reid and Chelsea Olson.  Southam received the award. (Photo courtesy Family Health West)
Five nurses at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita were nominated for the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, from left: Melissa Moseley, Karen Brennan, Linda Southam, Karrie Reid and Chelsea Olson. Southam received the award. (Photo courtesy Family Health West)

A nurse in the surgeries department at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita has received an award honoring her care.

Linda Southam received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Southam was among five nominees for the award that included Karen Brennan, Melissa Moseley, Chelsea Olson and Karrie Reid.

Nurses are nominated by patients, families and colleagues and selected by a committee at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center.

Winners receive a certificate that reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Winners also receive a sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch” crafted by the artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Southam was nominated for the award by the wife of a patient who underwent a knee replacement procedure at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center. “Linda made things easier,” the nomination read in part. “She was happy, funny and caring. She knew what she was doing, made him feel at ease. She seemed to love her job. You don’t get very many people like that anymore, so we want to say thank you.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the awards program to thank nurses for making a difference in the lives of their patients and their patients’ families.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet, these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super human work they do,” said Bonnie Barnes, president and cofounder of the Daisy Foundation. “The kind of work the nurses at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of  the Daisy Award.”

Family Health West operates Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center as well as outpatient centers and assisted and skilled care living facilities. For more information, call 858-3900 or visit www.fhw.org. Nominations for the Daisy Award may be submitted online at www.fhw.org/daisy-award/.