Three Susquehanna Health nurses are recipients of the DAISY Award for "extraordinary nurses."
Jennifer Woodworth, a nurse at Muncy Valley Hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit, was selected after being nominated by a patient's family member.
"My daughter is in need of constant and total care," the family member said. "Jen has always been exceptionally helpful to her, and this past Christmas she went above and beyond. Jen and another nurse in the unit arranged for my daughter to visit us in our home for the holiday.
Recent Susquehanna Health Daily?Award winners are, left to right: Jennifer Woodworth, licensed practical nurse, and Kim Wykoffand and Leigh Anne Hilton, registered nurses.
"The nurses accompanied our daughter and provided care for her for several hours as she visited with us and the rest of the family. Jen even helped purchase a present for my daughter's five year old daughter so that she would receive a present from her mom on Christmas. Jen provided us with our Christmas miracle."
Kim Wykoff, nurse at Susquehanna Health Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center, was selected after being nominated by a patient.
"I recently had an appointment with Dr. Shoemaker and was advised to schedule a meeting with the center to help with my condition," the patient said.
"I walked into the reception area to schedule my appointment and was referred to Kim, but instead of waiting and scheduling an appointment, Kim was able to take time out of her day to help me on the spot. She must have been able to tell that I was confused about my monitoring schedules and my condition in general.
"Her reassurance and guidance were just what I needed. She was able to talk me through everything, and I left feeling confident and grateful for the care I had been provided with. Her responsiveness, attentiveness and compassion are only some of the characteristics that make Kim an extraordinary nurse."
Leigh Anne Hilton, nurse with Susquehanna Health Orthopedics, also was nominated by a patient.
"I recently spent time as a patient in the orthopedics unit at Susquehanna Health," the patient said. "I met plenty of caring nurses and staff, but Leigh Anne went above the rest to help me.
"While in her care, I had mentioned to Leigh Anne that I was having pain in my leg. This is considered normal for someone who had undergone the procedure that I had, but something just didn't feel right, and Leigh Anne believed me. She took the extra time to work with me and helped solve the mystery behind my leg pain. Leigh Anne made me feel like I was the only person being cared for, and when you're frightened and in the hospital, that feeling is assuring."
A nurse from each Lycoming County Susquehanna Health campus is selected every quarter.
Anyone may nominate a nurse for a DAISY award - a coworker, patient, patient's family or physician. Nomination forms are available at nursing stations and at SusquehannaHealth.org/DAISY.
The Daisy award program is part of the not-for-profit Daisy Foundation.