Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Community Memorial Hospital recently announced Teresa Alagna, registered nurse on the Modified Care Unit, as this quarter’s DAISY award winner. Alagna started at the hospital in June 2015. Nominated by a past patient for her care and compassion, the nominator said, “Teresa went above and beyond in her care for me.” Alagna is a resident of Menomonee Falls.
DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, recognizes nurses as unsung heroes of health care for the outstanding work they do every day. More than 1,000 hospitals nationwide participate in the DAISY award program. The DAISY Foundation provides each recipient with a sculpture, “A Healer’s Touch,” that is hand-carved for the foundation by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is made of Serpentine stone that comes from the mountains “where the most powerful shaman” live in Zimbabwe. The foundation chose this design not only because it depicts the relationship nurses have with their patients, but also because the Shona people hold their healers in a position of great importance to the community and feel about their healers the way The DAISY Foundation and Community Memorial Hospital feel about nurses.