Swedish Medical Center May 29, 2019

Christy Martin, Pam Karakusis, Cailly Haning recognized for providing extraordinary nursing care

Englewood, CO — Nurses at HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the compassionate efforts nurses perform every day. Swedish Medical Center nurses Pam Karakusis, RN, Cailly Haning, RN, and Christy Martin, RN, have all been recognized for this prestigious award.

Pam Karakusis, RN, a dedicated nurse in the critical care unit at Swedish was nominated by a physician at Swedish Medical Center. "Pam's concentration rivals that of the finest surgeons I've worked with and I've seen my share. To do it in a venue which she is not accustomed to makes it all the more impressive. Furthermore, the few times I have dropped patients off in the ICU with her present, I've noticed that while others banter or relax, she's always laser focused on expediting care. No distraction."

Cailly Haning, RN, a dedicated nurse in the neuro critical care unit at Swedish was nominated by the family member of a patient. "Again, she provided excellent amazing care/ she took care of my grandpa with so much compassion, she was so patient with my grandpa. She ensured all our questions were answered and that my grandpa was comfortable. Thank you Cailly for your amazing care. We appreciate everything you did."

Christy Martin, RN, a dedicated nurse in the critical care unit at Swedish received a heartfelt nomination from a colleague for her compassion. "Recently on Christmas Day she came in ON HER DAY OFF to provide Christmas cheer and gifts with her family to patients and staff. She dressed as a Christmas elf. It is time to recognize this wonderful compassionate RN."

"To be recognized with the DAISY award is truly an honor," said Ryan Thornton, chief nursing officer at Swedish Medical Center. "Each of these nurses demonstrates compassionate care every day and I am so proud to celebrate their hard work."

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Swedish Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given quarterly at presentations in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse."

The certificate 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." The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at the Daisy Foundation's website.

To nominate a nurse to be the next DAISY Award Winner at our website.