Heather Croft, registered nurse (RN) at CHI Memorial, received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The wife of a patient nominated Ms. Croft for her kindness. “The cafeteria did not send my husband’s lunch. When they sent his supper tray, he didn’t want anything that was on it. Heather took the time to walk me to the cafeteria and bought both mine and my husband’s dinner. I have arthritis and can’t walk very fast. She had so much patience with me every step of the way. She is what nurses are all about and just what human beings should strive to be. We are an older couple and she was so very kind to both of us. We will never forget her. She is one of the kindest persons I have ever met. I don’t think you could have a more special person to win this award. She is most certainly one of a kind.”
Ms. Croft works on a medical-surgical floor at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga. She has worked at CHI Memorial since July 2015.
"CHI Memorial is pleased to partner with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the extraordinary difference nurses make in the lives of patients and co-workers," officials said. "Nurses are chosen each month to receive this wonderful award that honors compassionate care.
"At a presentation attended by the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, leaders and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending which 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 is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa, a daisy bouquet, and a copy of her/his nomination letter. The honoree's nursing unit receives a cinnamon doughnut party because it takes a team for a nurse to achieve his/her best. Tasty Doughnuts generously donates the treats for this worthy cause."