Hurley announces winner of DAISY Award

FLINT — Hurley Medical Center announced its latest DAISY Award winner: Liselotte Barrett, RN, who works in the 1East Birthing Center Unit.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Daisy Foundation was formed in Jan. 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).

The Barnes Family started this award following their son’s skillful and amazingly compassionate care he received from his nurses — even when he was totally sedated. The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the super-human work nurses do every day, all over the country, and the world.

“I am so shocked and excited to receive this award. I love nursing, and always wanted to go into this career. I care about people and I’m doing what I love, everyday. This is the department I hired into, and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. In this unit, there is something new and exciting every day. This is a very tight-knit unit and I really enjoy and respect everyone I work with,” said Barrett.

Barrett has been at Hurley 22 years. She graduated from Mott Community College with her nursing degree in 1988. Two of Barrett’s children were born at Hurley, and she is looking forward to her first grandson, who is expected to be born in May at Hurley. Liselotte’s daughter Brianna is in nursing school, and Hurley is all in the family to Barrett– Her sister Helen Acedo, RN, works in 1East on second shift, and Melissa Benard, RN, her niece, works in NeuroTrauma on second shift.

Each month, a nurse will be selected by members of Hurley Medical Center’s Nursing Professional Practice group to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a DAISY pin and 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 honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, handcarved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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. — G.G.

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