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MICU nurse receives
July DAISY Award
DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is given monthly to
an MUSC nurse who embodies the efforts and vast knowledge required of a
nurse in today’s health care system.
Created by the DAISY Foundation to recognize extraordinary nurses
throughout the country, the award is co-sponsored by UnitedHealthcare,
a UnitedHealth Group company. The foundation was formed in January 2000
by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications
of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
accepts the DAISY Award from Tena Barnes Carraher, right, and Dr. David
Boerner. Sharing in the celebration is MICU nurse manager Janet Byrne,
second from right, and MICU staff Kathleen O’Neill, from left, Falonda
Huffman and Perette Sabatino. The DAISY banner will be displayed in the
unit for a month.
All DAISY Award winners receive an African Shona Tribe sculpture
titled, “A Healer’s Touch,” a framed certificate, a daisy bouquet,
cinnamon rolls for the staff, and a DAISY Award pin.
The winner for July is Amy Frattaroli, R.N., MICU.
Carraher, left, representing the DAISY Foundation, shares the story of
why cinnamon rolls are part of the DAISY Award to winner registered
nurse Amy Fratteroli while Dr. David Boerner, medical director for
UnitedHealthcare of the Carolinas, looks on. The award was presented to
Fratteroli July 17.
Frattaroli was nominated by a patient's caregiver who had experienced
difficulties before coming to MUSC.
The story, nomination reads: “It is hard to begin my story. I am the
health care power of attorney for an elderly friend in the community.
My agreement with John was that as long as he could make his own
decisions, I would just advise him and let him make those decisions.
John lost his brother a couple of years ago, and his mother and father
prior to that. All John had were his close friends, and plenty of those
cared for him. He was admitted to [another hospitals] while I was
on vacation and I desperately tried to handle his care from out of the
state. When I got back, things went from bad to worse. No physicians
were called, even after my pleading with the nurses to take care of
him. I would clean him up myself so that he would not have to wait on
his caregivers to help him. It was the most horrible experience. John
eventually became septic, which was another issue I was trying to bring
to their attention, and he was transferred to the ICU without any
notification of the family, which would be me. When this happened, I
strongly insisted that John be sent to MUSC (MICU). I spoke to medical
doctors that were incredible and they accepted him. John arrived at the
MICU the next day and was given the once over by the most incredible
staff. The hope that they gave us was small, though on Saturday morning
we were met with the sweetest face in the world, almost an angel—I take
that back—she was. Amy was the kindest, most thoughtful nurse. She took
over the situation, seeing the friends and loved ones who were needing
her confidence and ICU abilities, and ensuring that John would be loved
and cared for. Despite there being so many people, Amy would explain
things and wrap her arms around each person to comfort them. The group
of John’s friends consistently said that she kept John so comfortable,
they never saw him struggle, not even once. Amy constantly checked on
John and reassured the entire group. As we withdrew treatment on our
friend, she cried with us, always concerned that we may need something
else and all the while taking care of John. How do you thank someone
who has given your friend respect and dignity that had been taken away,
and demanded it from others. We will never be able to thank her and
tell her how much she meant to all of us. Heaven sent us an angel that
day, one that we needed.”
—Submitted by Ramona Smith
Past DAISY Award
Mary Lynn Roberts
Leslie Von Lehe
Shannon Broach Saladin
Friday, July 25, 2008
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