Bronson Nurse Receives National Recognition for Providing Safe, Extraordinary Care

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Published on August 18, 2016

Bronson Nurse Receives National Recognition for Providing Safe, Extraordinary Care

Nurse, Kay Schacht, holds awardEarlier this year, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the DAISY Foundation announced the recipients of the 2016 National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Award. Kay Schacht, a nurse in the perioperative unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital, received an honorable mention for her extraordinary patient care and emphasis on workforce safety.

This is the second year of this national award program, which derives from the DAISY Foundation’s signature program, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Nurses who received the DAISY Award between January 2014 and June 2015 were eligible for the 2016 National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Award. Seventy six nurses were nominated for the award, with five honorable mentions and two winners named.

In her nomination letter, Denise Neely, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, described Kay as “a highly committed nurse and crucial team member of the perioperative unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital. She is held in high regards by her peers as well as her patients and exemplifies daily what it means to be a nurse.”

Kay is an active member of the Nursing Shared Leadership team as well as the Organizational Nursing Informatics Committee. Being a member of these committees gives Kay, and several other nurses throughout the Bronson Healthcare system, the opportunity to discuss current issues that are affecting nursing staff and patients, and provides a platform to implement changes based on evidence-based best practices.

Bronson nurses can be recognized for the safe and extraordinary care they provide to patients at They and other members of the care team can also be thanked at

About Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 434 licensed beds and all-private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty — cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only six children's hospitals in the state. The percentage of Medicaid patients served by BMH is one of the highest of any hospital outside of southeast Michigan and provides a substantial benefit to the community through outreach and charitable care. It is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. In 2009, the hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. It is also ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2016 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.

About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Follow @theNPSF on twitter.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease (hence the name, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses in over 2,100 healthcare facilities around the world. For more information about The DAISY Award and the Foundation’s other recognition of nurses, faculty and students, visit

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