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Griffin Health Nurses Honored with DAISY Award

By Christian Meagher on 6/9/2021

Griffin Health recently honored Sarah LaClair, RN, Sharon Stahl, RN, and Terri Ryan, RN, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. Each was nominated by a patient or fellow caregivers for their exemplary care.

LaClair, a nurse in The Digestive Disorders Center at Griffin Hospital, was nominated by a patient for her professional and compassionate nature.

“Sarah’s gentle demeanor put me at ease,” the nomination for LaClair stated. “Her professionalism was balanced with compassion and her presence by making eye contact and being truly available at all times. I appreciated her authenticity, attentiveness, knowledge, and desire to make me feel completely comfortable and relaxed. Her colleagues seem to hold her in high regard.

Stahl, a nurse in Griffin’s Case Management Department, was nominated by a fellow Griffin caregiver for assisting a person from the community who called Griffin looking for help with resources for her mother’s care.

“[Sharon] spent time on the phone with her and was empathetic and comforting,” the nomination for Stahl stated. “She reassured the daughter that there were indeed resources to access. Sharon deserves to be recognized for the compassion she showed to someone who was clearly distraught and unsure of where to ask for help.”

Ryan, a nurse for one of Griffin Hospital’s inpatient units, was nominated by a patient’s family member for providing exceptional hospice care.

“Terri showed such compassion towards my dad and to my family, and was a great listener and a great shoulder to cry on,” the nomination for Ryan stated. “It takes a special person to aid the patient and the family through this process and in making their final days filled with comfort. I will treasure her kindness and compassion.”

Information about the DAISY Award is included in Griffin Health patient information packets and nomination forms are available online and at all Griffin Health locations. The award recipients are chosen by a committee at Griffin and the award is presented throughout the year. For more information, visit griffinhealth.org/daisy.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. 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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.