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Seitz recognized by Hampden Medical Center as first DAISY Award winner

Hampden Medical Center presented the facility’s first DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to Lauran Seitz, Intensive Care Unit nurse. The DAISY award recognizes nurses for their skillful, compassionate care and their daily support of patients and families, and will be presented by the hospital four times a year.

Seitz’s nominator, a patient’s daughter, explained that her 91-year-old mother came to Hampden Medical Center as an emergency admission with dehydration and a bleeding ulcer, following a 10-day norovirus. She noted the entire Intensive Care Unit team’s professionalism, and said that Lauran stood out among the team of excellent nurses and really helped her mom regain her will to live and heal.

Patient and family nominators rarely attend DAISY Award celebrations, but in this case the nominator participated and read her letter to the team and Hampden Medical Center leaders, “She understood and appreciated my Mom’s warm personality and her need for snacks and drinks. She was so positive and upbeat and it helped Mom dispel her anxiety and fear. She would visibly brighten when this nurse came in her room.”

Hampden Medical Center’s new Chief Nursing Officer Leslyn Williamson and outgoing Interim Chief Nursing Officer Kathie Hirsch-Lanute presented the award to Seitz.

The DAISY Award was created in memory of Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. The DAISY Foundation was established by his family to keep his spirit alive. Its primary mission is to express gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day.

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