Melanie Carrier Wins DAISY Award

08/06/12

Winchester Hospital Recognizes ‘Extraordinary Nurse’ Melanie Carrier

Winchester Hospital has recognized Melanie Carrier, RN of Woburn, as its most recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses after a fellow nurse nominated her for providing patients with “the utmost care and respect.” The DAISY Award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional efforts that nurses make each day. 

In the nomination, the nurse described how Carrier was at a patient’s bedside during his final hours, providing comfort and support. And when she couldn’t be at his side, she placed a radio in the room and played classical music for the patient.

According to the nurse, when his final moment could be seen on the monitor, there was Carrier, holding his hand during his final breaths.

“I could only hope that all patients could experience this kind of care in their final hours,” the nurse wrote. “It was truly the most peaceful departure anyone could have asked for. The patient was so lucky to have had her as a nurse, and we’re so lucky to have the ability to work with her everyday.”

Winchester Hospital has joined hundreds of medical facilities across the country in honoring extraordinary nurses with a DAISY Award each month. Based in Glen Ellen, Calif., the non-profit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in 1999. The DAISY Award, which stands for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System,” was established by Barnes’ wife and parents as a gesture of thanks to nurses nationwide for the profound difference they make in the lives of patients and their families.

In recognition of her selection, Carrier received a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch” and a certificate that 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.”

To learn more about the DAISY Award program, visit www.daisyfoundation.org.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.