March DAISY Award honors Nurse for extraordinary delivery of compassionate care

When a developmentally disabled Patient forgot a bottle for the doll she treats as her baby, Addy Snell, RN, jumped in to help with the compassion that exemplifies Sparrow.

Without hesitation, Snell contacted Sparrow’s Mother Baby Center and got a bottle that she could give to the Patient for her baby.

And when it came time to wash and dress the Patient in the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit, Snell called Pediatrics and received warmed baby wipes and an infant gown so that she and the Patient could clean up the baby, too.

“This is a wonderful and touching example of meeting the Patient where they are, tending to their unique needs physically and emotionally in a way that the Patient can understand and appreciate,” said Chris Jodoin, Sparrow Vice President of Nursing. “It is the true delivery of compassionate care for every Patient, every time and why Addy is so deserving of the March DAISY Award.”

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and the DAISY Award is a national program created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes died in 1999 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP at 33 years old. His family was overwhelmed by the skillful and amazingly compassionate Nurses who cared for Pat, and the DAISY Foundation and Award were created as an expression of their gratitude.

The DAISY Award is a way to recognize and make visible the contribution and value of Nurses wherever nursing is practiced.

Snell received a certificate, a DAISY pin to wear at work and beautiful serpentine stone sculpture carved by the artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture depicts the embracing relationship Nurses have with their Patients.

Congratulations to Addy Snell, a Sparrow Nurse who proves that even the little things can make a big difference in providing quality, compassionate care to everyone, every time.