Pratt Regional Medical Center has awarded its first DAISY Award to Julie Walter for skillful and compassionate care.

Julia Walter, a registered nurse at Pratt Regional Medical Center, has become the first recipient of a DAISY Award for PRMC.

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful and compassionate care nurses provide every day. The family of Patrick Barnes established the DAISY Foundation after he died from complications of auto-immune disease ITP in 1990. The family deeply appreciated the nurses care and compassion he and his family received during his illness. They wanted to show their appreciation in a public way and created the DAISY Award.

Becca Flowers nominated Walter for the award. Flowers was in the hospital and had a rough night after surgery. She said she felt horrible all night in her letter of recommendation. When Walter showed up for her shift the next morning, she told Flowers she looked awful and that she was going to fix that.

Flowers said Walter was sweet and caring but approached her nausea like a military sergeant on a mission. Walter told Flowers that things would start looking up. Flowers didn't know what all Walter did but she fixed it. Flowers got a few hours of sleep and ate a taco and it was all good from there, said Flowers in her nomination letter.

Walter is the first PRMC nurse to receive the DAISY Award. She received a certificate, two award pins, a hand carved stone sculpture "A Healer's Touch" and the department will celebrate with cinnabon cinnamon rolls, a favorite of Barnes during his illness. A scroll has been mounted in the hall to recognize DAISY recipients. Walter was the first to sign the scroll. Another DAISY will be given away in six months, said Andie Dean, PRMC Community Relations Manager.

Anyone wanting to nominate a PRMC nurse for a DAISY Award can pickup a form at the hospital front desk and at various locations throughout the building. They should be returned to Dean at the hospital. For more information, contact Dean at 450-1444 or adean@prmc.org.

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