Hanni Johnson Named KVH DAISY Award Winner


KVH Emergency Department nurse Hildur (Hanni) Johnson has been named as a local winner of the DAISY Award for providing extraordinary nursing care. 

Kittitas Valley Healthcare has been participating in the DAISY Award program since 2012.  Local recipients are selected twice per year, based on their clinical expertise and demonstration of extraordinary compassionate care. 

Hanni Johnson was nominated by a mother whose nine-year-old daughter was seen in the emergency department and diagnosed with pneumonia and dehydration. 

In the mother’s own words: “Having a child in the ER hooked up to a nasal cannula oxygen, oxygen monitors, and a heart monitor was very frightening for me as a parent. I’m so thankful that Hanni was our nurse.  Hanni was very calm and gentle with my daughter.  She had a kind and caring demeanor, always explaining to my daughter what she was going to do before she actually did it.”

Hanni has worked at KVH since January 2013.  She is a charge nurse, a member of the Emergency Department Best Practice Committee, and an advocate for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program. “I was not surprised when I learned that Hanni was chosen as a DAISY Award recipient,” said Dede Utley, director of the Emergency Department. “She consistently demonstrates exceptional work habits and values and possesses a strong knowledge of emergency nursing.  She is a role model and we are very proud she is on our team.”

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is a collaboration of the DAISY Foundation and the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes following his death due to complications of an auto-immune disease.  It is not required that nurses have cared for someone with an immune system disease to be eligible for the DAISY award.

If you would like to submit a nomination for extraordinary nursing care that you or a family member have received, please visit www.kvhealthcare.org/nominate-a-nurse.