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This quarter’s winners are (from left to right, above): Rosario Gallegos, Telemetry; Elizabeth Templado, Geriatrics; and Daniel Flores, Surgical Unit.

UMC Announces Three Top Nurses In DAISY Ceremony

Three nurses at University Medical Center (UMC) were recognized for their exceptional care as patients continue their path to better health, thanks to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Program.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).

The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family. His family started the now-national awards program to ensure the nurses of excellence and compassion are recognized.

This quarter’s winners are Rosario Gallegos from Telemetry, Elizabeth Templado from Geriatrics, and Daniel Flores of the Surgical Unit.

“I am so proud of Rosario, Elizabeth and Daniel for the work they have done and continue to do for our patients,” said Cindy Ann Stout, Chief Nursing Officer. “Their level of service and compassion is part of what nursing is all about.”

UMC officials added, “One of the special things about being a nurse is the chance to spend so much time helping patients heal…Congratulations to each of these nurses for the high level of care they provided our UMC patients.

Previously, UMC recognized DAISY Award-winning nurses monthly in gatherings at each nurse’s work center. The program now recognizes nurses quarterly in a major ceremony so that the great work these nurses accomplished would be recognized by all Associates in a large celebration in the UMC Cafeteria.

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