CHI Memorial announces Bill Wade, RN, and Kristine Westergard, RN, received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
A coworker nominated Mr. Wade for expediting patient admissions when the emergency room had a large number of people seeking medical treatment. The coworker wrote, “Bill came from another unit and took six emergency department admissions while also working in the role of charge nurse. He worked with the emergency room charge nurse closely to ensure the best care for the patients he admitted. I can say without a doubt, that by taking those patients, he increased their comfort and overall satisfaction with their care… Bill did all this great work with a great attitude and was kind and cooperative despite how hard he was having to work. He provided the six new admissions with quality care while still being charge nurse on his home unit. What an amazing nurse and what a story of compassion.”
A family member of a recent patient nominated Ms.
Westergard for providing compassionate care, including fixing the patient’s hair. She wrote, “All of the nurses have been great, but Kristine really cared for my mother as she would her own mother. I can't thank her enough for making my day so happy. My dad couldn't stop looking at my mother this morning and saying how good she looked. I know it may not sound like much, but that little extra care she put into my mom meant so much to us. Kristine has a big heart full of compassion and God has many blessings in store for her.”
Mr. Wade is a nurse in the clinical decision unit (CDU) unit at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga. He has worked for CHI Memorial since November 2021.
Ms. Westergard is a nurse in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga. She has worked for CHI Memorial since September 2020.
"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. Honorees receive a bouquet of daisies, a certificate, a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch - hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa - and a copy of her/his nomination letter. The honoree's nursing unit also 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."