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Extraordinary Nurse Recognized

May 2, 2024

May 2, 2024 (Maryville, IL) – Critical Care Nurse, Regan Fred, RN,  of Anderson Hospitalwas recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

                     The nomination submitted read:

“My husband was in the IMU at Anderson for 5 days. It was his first time being a hospital patient. During that time Regan took care of him on the 7 pm to 7 am shift. All beds were full, but Regan made my husband feel as though he was her only patient. She provided his treatments and answered his and our many questions without delay with patience, a high level of knowledge and a positive attitude. She always checked on his comfort, his many IV lines and oxygen. I remember one evening especially, when leaving to go home that she said to call any  time for an update. It happened that he was having a difficult night and I wanted to be with him. She said – absolutely and she would make all the necessary arrangements. Not only did she do that, but a made bed, coffee and a snack was already set up when I arrived. Regan exemplified excellence and compassionate care for my husband and also understands family is integral to that care. For these reasons we nominate Regan for the Daisy award.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  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.  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. 

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Doctor of Humane Letters (h.c) and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Anderson Hospitalare called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

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