Local DAISY Award Winners Honored


KVH Home Health nurse Carissa Dahl has been named as a local winner of the DAISY Award for providing extraordinary nursing care.  In addition, a DAISY Team Award was given to Jennifer Simons, Rachel Coleman-Thompson, and Lori Smith of KVH Urgent Care - Cle Elum.

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. 

Carissa Dahl was nominated by a home health patient.  After arriving at the man’s home to find him in pain and with symptoms that needed immediate attention, she called 911. He was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for a ruptured appendix.

“I firmly believe she saved my life by her quick and decisive action that day,” wrote the patient.

The three-person team at KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum was nominated by Dede Utley, director of emergency services at KVH Hospital.  They treated a patient with a life-threatening condition in January 2016.  In addition to quick and thorough medical care, the staff gave emotional support to the patient and his wife.

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.