Winchester Hospital Recognizes ‘Extraordinary Nurses’

02/19/15

Nancy Cummings, RN and Meredith Doucette, RN receive DAISY Award.

Winchester, MA (February 17, 2015) – Winchester Hospital has recognized Nancy Cummings, RN of Wakefield and Meredith Doucette, RN of Wilmington, as its most recent recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Cummings and Doucette were nominated by a patient because they were “compassionate and understanding.” 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 form, the patient wrote that she was very nervous and uncertain about leaving her newborn son in the Special Care Nursery, but the support and clinical expertise that both Cummings and Doucette showed, put her mind at ease.

Doucette encouraged the patient to call throughout the night with any concerns and Cummings took care of her son during the day, answering any questions the patient had.

“I cannot stress enough how thankful I am for the compassion and care we received while in the Special Care Nursery,” the patient wrote.

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 nonprofit 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 their selection, Cummings and Doucette 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.