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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Kayla Taylor Chosen For Cole Memorial Nurses' Daisy Award

(Pictured from the left: Cole Memorial’s Assistant Nurse Manager Brenda Baer, RN; Senior Director of Nursing Emily Bunnell, RN; Daisy Award Recipient Kayla Taylor, RN; and her mom Michele Taylor.)

Cole Memorial announced their semi-annual DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The Hospital recently launched the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the exceptional efforts nurses perform every day.

Kayla Taylor, RN, from Cole Memorial’s Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit received the award nomination from a co-worker, Brenda Baer, RN. Kayla’s keen observations and diligence with a combative patient resulted in the patient being happier, eating better and taking her medications without requiring more injections.

The award nomination form included the following statement: The patient made a complete turnaround where she happily and pleasantly interacted with the staff. If not for Kayla this patient may not have made great strides toward recovery in the timeframe that she did.

“Kayla is certainly a worthy recipient of our Daisy Award,” said Cynthia Hardesty, vice president and chief nurse executive at Cole Memorial. “It’s so nice to see peers recognize the professionalism, clinical skill, and compassion she demonstrates. Thank you, Kayla, for providing excellent patient care!”

Since 2009, Kayla has been caring for patients at Cole Memorial. Prior to graduating from the Registered Nursing program at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, she started as a Certified Nurses’ Aide in Cole’s Skilled Nursing & Rehab Department. Kayla is a life-time resident of the area and graduate of Coudersport High School.

Cole’s newly appointed Senior Director of Acute Services and Nursing Emily Bunnell said, “Kayla is an excellent nurse and she’s very well liked. I am glad that she is being honored with the DAISY Award at Cole Memorial and we’re proud of all of the nominees.”

Other nominees for this award period were Amanda Fry, RN of Cole’s Medical-Surgical Department, Kellie Krzos, RN on the Medical Surgical Department’s 3rd floor and Marcia Austin, RN of the Patterson Cancer Center an affiliate of UPMC CancerCenter.

A nurse will be selected semi-annually by Cole Memorial’s Nursing Quality Council to receive The DAISY Award. The honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being 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."

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.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

Said Bonnie Barnes, President 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 Cole Memorial are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Patients, visitors, employees and providers may nominate a Cole Memorial registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) for the next DAISY Award. Please contact Brenda Baer at 814-260-5225 for details. For more information about careers at Cole Memorial, visit www.colememorial.org.

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