SJH Nurse Receives DAISY Award

Melissa Cates, Interim Chief Nursing Officer (left), and John Ludwig, President and CEO (right), present the DAISY Award to Jody Rutz-Marti.

Recently, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital awarded Jody Rutz-Marti, a registered nurse (RN), with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Rutz-Marti serves as an RN for St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Surgery Department. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s international program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

“I am honored to have been nominated and given the DAISY Award,” said Rutz-Marti. “Our patients are at the center of everything we do, and caring for them is a privilege.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. 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. 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.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and they are chosen by a committee at St. Joseph’s Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Melissa Cates, Interim Chief Nursing Officer. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

The nomination submitted for Rutz-Marti shared: “Jody was very friendly right from the start. She was very knowledgeable about my surgery and told me exactly what to expect. She gave me everything I needed to be comfortable and frequently suggested things to make my brief stay a positive one. She went above and beyond to care for me even walking me out to the front door.”

This is the second DAISY Award presented at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Nominations for future DAISY Awards at St. Joseph’s continue to be accepted. Patients and visitors are encouraged to share and submit their story of witnessing excellent and compassionate care from the clinical staff.

SOURCEPhoto courtesy of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital - Highland
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