Swedish Medical Center
August 13, 2018

Nurses at HCA/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 Lois Peterson, RN, Mike Pistono, RN, and Mackenzie Heron, RN have all been recognized for this prestigious award.

Mike Pistono, RN, a former flight nurse for AirLife, was recognized on the ICU by the son of a patient. “Today we would like to acknowledge what the nurses might say- all in a day’s work” wrote the son. “Truly, though, we say thank you to Mike, a nurse (with wings), what touched our lives, and for three days, made a difference”.

Lois Peterson, RN, a dedicated nurse at Swedish for over 15 years, was nominated by a patient who wrote, “Lois is one of the kindest, most compassionate people we have ever met.”

Mackenzie Heron, RN, received a heartfelt nomination from a patient, “Mackenzie was absolutely amazing during our stay in the Family Place. From the minute we arrived to our last minute having her as our nurse, she was attentive to our every need.”

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.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease (hence the name, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses in over 2,600 healthcare facilities around the world. For more information about The DAISY Award and the Foundation’s other recognition of nurses, faculty and students, visit the DAISY Foundation's website.