MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2020) – Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has named its Daisy Award and BEE Award winners for the third quarter of 2020. Rich Binegar, RN, intensive care unit, of Morehead, received the Daisy Award for extraordinary patient care, and Kathy Arnett, patient access manager, of Mount Sterling, received the BEE Award for exceptional service.
The Daisy Award is a nationwide program that celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is proud to be a Daisy Award Partner, recognizing a nurse with this special honor every quarter.
One of Binegar’s colleagues nominated him for the Daisy Award after speaking with a Saint Joseph Mount Sterling patient that had received devastating news of a terminal illness – she was faced with the choice of living the remainder of her life on dialysis in the hospital or becoming a hospice patient. Throughout the day the patient was in tears, inconsolable and required medication to help her calm down and says Binegar was able to help.
“I visited the next day to find the patient, much to my surprise, in better spirits,” Binegar’s colleague said. “The patient explained that her nightshift nurse had helped her find clarity, understanding and appreciation for the opportunity she had been given. Rich helped her realize that not everyone is given the chance to make plans and say their goodbyes to loved ones. The actions and words from Rich gave her clarity and satisfaction with her decision to accept hospice as her plan of care. She made peace with her illness and her decision because Rich gave her a new perspective. His care and compassion calmed her soul and provided understanding in a situation that was very difficult.”
Similar to the Daisy Award, the BEE Award is a program that honors Saint Joseph Mount Sterling’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, Kathy Arnett was nominated for the BEE Award by her colleagues.
“The impact of the pandemic on our facility and our patients has been widely felt,” said one of Arnett’s colleagues. “The changes were swift and ongoing, and one of those included the closure of our café dining area. With a compassionate heart, Kathy Arnett felt called to organize snack bags for our Women’s Care population to ensure they had a healthy option while they healed and bonded with their new baby. Using the resources in the dietary department for fruit and water, Kathy obtained the bags and ensured the distribution of the snacks.” Arnett’s compassion and giving heart makes her an exceptional Saint Joseph Mount Sterling staff member, worthy of the BEE Award.
The Daisy Award winners received a certificate, Daisy Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture. The BEE Award winners were honored with a certificate and a BEE Award pin.
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 Mount Sterling
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is a 42-bed community hospital located in Mount Sterling, KY. Established in 1918, the facility serves residents of Montgomery, Bath, Menifee, Powell and Rowan counties. An investment of $60 million opened the current facility in 2011.