Congratulations to September DAISY Award winner
Kathleen is an RN in on the 2nd floor.
"I am nominating Kathleen on the second floor for The DAISY Award.
She is a wonderful example of the Barnes’ family's intent to
recognize extraordinary, compassionate, and skillful care to patients
and their families.
Our 14 year old daughter was diagnosed with anorexia this summer. Despite
our best efforts with behavioral and nutritional therapy, her condition
continued to worsen. She was admitted to the hospital in a severely malnourished
state. She would not eat and was incredibly withdrawn from members of
her care team. And while everyone did their best to connect with our daughter,
this is where Kathleen made all the difference during our time at ETCH.
Somehow, through a combination of friendliness, incredible insight, and
determination, Kathleen was able to connect with our child during mealtimes
in a way that others – and at times, even ourselves – couldn’t.
She gained her trust and I watched in amazement how Kathleen encouraged
her to eat and drink (keep in mind that this is a child that would go
three to four days at a time without eating prior to hospitalization).
During the four of our nine nights at the hospital that Kathleen was with
us, I saw progressive improvement with our daughter’s intake. Watching
her eat food or drink juice that she had completely restricted before
gave us hope that with intense counseling, she would get better. It may
sound like a little thing, but watching your anorexic daughter drink three
ounces of apple juice represents an incredible victory. Kathleen always
made our daughter smile – especially when she called her 'sister
Our daughter is getting professional help at a facility specializing in
eating disorders and she is making incredible progress. But, we will always
remember Kathleen and how she helped our daughter (and us) through some
very stressful, uncertain days."
Submitted by Stacey Walters