LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2020) – Saint Joseph Hospital recently named its Daisy Award and Bee Award winners for the third quarter. Devan Stratton, RN, 4A, Medical Surgical Unit, of Lawrenceburg, and Jessica Sparks, RN, market-based float nurse, Critical Care, of Lexington, received the Daisy Award for their exceptional patient care. Paul Lear, patient care assistant, 6th floor, Ortho Spine Unit, of Nicholasville, and Jennifer Lawill, unit secretary/patient care assistant, 4A, Medical Surgical Unit, of Mount Sterling, received the Bee Award for their outstanding service.
The Daisy Award is a nationwide program that celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Saint Joseph Hospital is proud to be a Daisy Award Partner, recognizing a nurse with this special honor every quarter. This quarter, Devan Stratton and Jessica Sparks were nominated for the Daisy Award by their colleagues, as well as Saint Joseph Hospital patients and their families.
“Devan cares for her patients like they are her family members and does her best to make sure they have what they need, even if it puts her behind,” said one of Stratton’s colleagues. “She once promised a patient that she would attend church with them. Even after going on maternity leave, Devan still fulfilled her promise and attended church with her patient. She is an example of a great nurse and someone I would want as my nurse!”
“Jessica is an extremely good nurse,” said the family member of one patient. “I appreciate her attention to detail in caring for my mom, as well as her bedside manners. Her skills and kindness put me at ease that my mom was being well cared for. Jessica was not only an advocate for her, but she was an advocate for me and my concerns as well, being my mom’s only caregiver. I sincerely appreciate Jessica taking the time to listen and validate my concerns, despite her busy patient workload.”
Similar to the Daisy Award, the Bee Award is a program that honors Saint Joseph Hospital’s nursing support staff – patient care assistants, health unit coordinators, transporters and other technicians – who go above and beyond in service, care and compassion. The Bee Award celebrates unsung heroes who work directly with patients in support of nurses that go Beyond Exceptional Expectations (BEE). This quarter, Jennifer Lawill and Paul Lear were nominated for the Bee Award by their colleagues, as well as Saint Joseph Hospital patients and their families.
“Jennifer is excellent as a unit secretary and with patient care,” said one of Lawill’s colleagues. “She is compassionate and gentle with patients, and is good at recognizing changes in patients and immediately notifying the nurses. She really cares about our patients and works hard to assist them. I would be glad if my family were here and she cared for them!”
“Paul is always working hard to help his patients,” said one of Lear’s colleagues. “He is stellar at following safety standards, such as using gait belt on all patients. Paul consistently has a supportive rapport with patients, which puts over-anxious patients at ease, improving their care and comfort. He clearly communicates any issues to nurses, therapy and leadership to continually improve our patient satisfaction. Patients often ask for Paul. He goes above and beyond constantly works extra whenever needed.”
The Daisy nurses receive recognition from the Leadership Team and are presented their gift bag, certification, special Daisy Award pin, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture entitled “A Healers Touch” and cinnamon buns for the whole unit to share. The Bee Award winners receive recognition from the Leadership Team and are presented with a gift bag, certificate, special Bee Award pin, engraved Bee Award trophy, Burt’s Bee Lip Balm and honey buns (a favorite of all BEEs) for the entire unit.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, KY. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.
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