The three most recent recipients of DAISY Awards were honored for the compassionate care they provided to patients and their loved ones during challenging times. Celebrations for recipients include an award presentation, the healer’s touch statute and cinnamon rolls for their unit – a tribute to the patient whose life and legacy the award honors. Read more about the award at

May: Pam Cronin, BSN, RN, Center for Labor and Birth
A patient nominated Cronin for providing outstanding care during a difficult labor that resulted in a C-section. The patient wrote, “When I returned from the operating room, I was still shaking like a leaf, and Pam offered to hold the baby while my husband consoled me so I could relax enough to bond with our new family. She was present at tough times, patient with questions and compassionate with all of us. It was a tough moment to say goodbye when moving to postpartum, but she left us with a true appreciation for human empathy after a traumatic birth experience.”

June: Kelly Blanding, BSN, RN, Emergency Department
Blanding was recognized for the compassionate care she provided to the mother of a patient who passed away. Blanding listened, made herself present and held the mother’s hand. Her nominator wrote, “When the mother was ready to leave, Kelly escorted her to the front door and asked several times if she would be all right to drive home. When the mother reassured her, Kelly told her that she would call in an hour to ensure she arrived home safely. In a sad situation, Kelly was able to be present. She conducted herself in a selfless, nonjudgmental manner, full of compassion and empathy.”

July: Brenda Muraca, RN, Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
Praised as an “angel,” Muraca comforted the loved ones of a patient who passed away. The family deeply appreciated her straight-forward communication and compassion. The nominator wrote, “Brenda never sugar-coated the situation, but was very truthful and forthcoming in a very caring and gentle manner. Her loving care and handling of my sister was inspiring. I wish all nurses were like her. She is kind, very knowledgeable and so attentive to her patient and all our family. She truly eased the deep loss of my dear sister, and I shall never forget the loving care Brenda gave her.”


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