Nurses Receive DAISY Awards - Bronson Healthcare

Published on November 19, 2014

Nurses Receive DAISY Awards

Three nurses at Bronson Methodist Hospital are recent recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Tonya Hartman, RN; Carmelo Cerbo, BSN, RN-BC; and Brooke Hines, RN, each received a DAISY Award for providing outstanding patient care during the second quarter of 2014.

Nurses are nominated for DAISY awards by patients, family members and colleagues. Here is more about their nominations:

Hartman, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse, was nominated by a Tonya Hartmannew mom whose son was in the NICU for 17 days. The mom says during the scariest of moments as she watched her son battle complications from prematurity, Hartman was there to help her understand what was happening and offer encouraging words. One day in particular, the mom recalls breaking down and sobbing. “She sat me down and hugged me and explained what was going on,” the mom wrote in the nomination. “She was not my nurse that day, she was a friend and shoulder to cry on. I don’t believe that is in her job description.” The mom added, “God sent Tonya to us on that exact day because He knew that not only did my son need her, so did I.”

Carmelo Cerbo

Cerbo, was nominated by a charge nurse after a patient gave him high praise for the way she was treated during her stay in the Adult Medical Unit. The patient says Cerbo was always willing to spend the time necessary to calm her fears. When the patient expressed concern about one of her new medications, Cerbo promptly sought out a doctor to double-check the prescription. When the doctor confirmed it was correct, Cerbo sat down and educated the patient about why she needed the medication and the risk factors. The patient felt very reassured and safe with the care she received. Cerbo’s charge nurse wrote, “This type of attention and caring toward a patient is exactly what this award is about and Carmelo is more than deserving of the honor and recognition.”

Brooke Hines

Hines, who works in the Labor and Delivery Unit, was recognized by a family she cared for during their most difficult time. The parents wrote to say that Hines was there during the loss of their baby daughter. They say she was very comforting and caring, and stayed on after her shift even though she had to be back the next morning. “She even cried with us as we held our daughter for the first and last time,” they wrote. “Brooke is an amazing and outstanding nurse.”

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The DAISY Award is supported by the not-for-profit DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation. Bonnie and J. Mark Barnes created this foundation and award as a way to remember their son, J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick had a disease that attacked his body and was in the hospital for a long time. His nurses did such a great job with him that the Barnes family created an award that continues to recognize the excellent work nurses do every day.