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Rachel Hammon honored with DAISY award

June 02, 2023 

Rachel Hammon with colleagues
HSHS St. Francis Hospital recently awarded Rachel Hammon, emergency department RN, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.  

Hammon, was nominated by a colleague for her extraordinary care. They expressed that she goes above and beyond to do anything for colleagues. “Rachel is an emergency RN, but the last two months she has floated to the surgery department. She has jumped right in and was very quick to learn the ropes. She has been a huge asset to the surgery department. Not only are her surgery coworkers grateful for her, so are her patients. As a surgery nurse, I have fielded numerous post-op phone calls from patients, and they all had wonderful things to say about Rachel. She is kind, gentle, compassionate, attentive, easy going and very competent. Rachel is the epitome of what a nurse should be.  

“It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that,” said St. Francis Hospital’s Director of Nursing Heather Senaldi, RN, BSN. “As an organization, we are extremely proud of our nurses. Nurses are heroes every day. Those we honored truly embody our four Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy in how they care for patients and their families.”    

Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin, and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

The award recipient is chosen by a local committee at St. Francis Hospital. 
Nominations for future DAISY Awards at St. Francis Hospital continue to be accepted. Patients, visitors and colleagues are encouraged to share and submit their story of witnessing excellent and compassionate care from staff. The nomination forms can be found here. Paper forms available throughout the hospital.

For more information about The DAISY Foundation, visit DAISYfoundation.org.  

Photo caption: Rachel Hammon, emergency department RN, (fourth from left), was recently named St. Francis Hospital’s DAISY Award winner. Hammon was congratulated by (left to right) Karen Webb, emergency department Manager, Jim Timpe, CEO, Heather Senaldi, director of nursing and Bethany Price, RN educator.

Rachel Hammon honored with DAISY award