On May 9th (Mother’s Day) my son was born at another hospital. My son didn’t cry at birth. I didn’t get to see or hold him. He was transferred to Benjamin Russell on the 1st day of his life. Children’s of Alabama later called and told me that he made it. I was thinking that my baby was deceased. Montgomery never called me back and informed me that he’d left.
The surgeon called me and informed me that my baby has to go to ECMO. I had to make a choice. Full of tears I cried out, “Do it!” They informed me that a nurse would call me when she gets his vital signs. Shortly after I received a call from the nurse. She says, “Hey mama! I’m in love with your baby! He is so beautiful!” The night I arrived this nurse was assigned to my baby. This little small woman had so much love for my family. The charge nurse came to introduce herself and I said, “I’m sorry we won’t need you. We have this nurse.” We all laughed. This nurse attempted to get me as comfortable as possible, knowing I was in much pain. She explained a lot to me so I could understand. She watched the videos with me and asked if I understood them. I cried and prayed while she helped me get myself together. She even called me back to check on me as if I was the patient. People like me don’t give night shift much credit. She made us family which made me trust her.
I really felt alone until I met her. I will never forget her. She’s the Best!
Patrick Benjamin – 10 Harbert
Alicia Phelps – SCU
Carley Powell – CCU
Anna Richter – SCU
The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Having been touched by the remarkable care, clinical skills and compassion demonstrated by nurses during Patrick's illness, the Barnes family made it their mission to recognize exceptional nurses around the world.
A DAISY Award will be given once a month. The monthly award winner will be recognized at a ceremony and will receive a framed certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, the unit or department of the recipient will receive Cinnabon's cinnamon rolls—a favorite of Patrick's during his illness—with the sentiment that the heavenly aroma will remind them how special they are and how important their work is.
Nurses that receive The DAISY Award personify Children's of Alabama's remarkable patient experience. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence by: