Froedtert West Bend Hospital nurse honored for live-saving care

West Bend, Wis. — Laura Borrelli, a resident of Richfield and an RN in the Birth Center, has been recognized with Froedtert West Bend Hospital’s second quarter DAISY Award for her life-saving care of a patient.

“From the minute I met her I knew I was in good hands and that I would be taken care of,” said her nominator. “Little did I know that she would not only take care of me, but she would also be a part of the team that ultimately saved my life.” Laura’s nominator praised Laura for her care and encouragement during the birth of the patient’s first child. “But this is not the only reason she deserves the DAISY award,” continued the nominator. “A couple hours after giving birth she was the one that realized I was massively hemorrhaging. The next thing I know I’m having emergency surgery because I lost two liters of blood. She was there for me this entire time and I don’t know if I would have been as calm as I was without her. She also was there for my husband, my newborn baby and my family as they were extremely worried about what would happen to me. She is an amazing person and is fantastic at her job. I am so happy to have met her and she deserves the Daisy Award. 

The DAISY Foundation, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, recognizes nurses as unsung heroes of our society who deserve more recognition and honor than they receive. More than 1,900 hospitals throughout the United States participate in The DAISY Award program.

The DAISY Foundation provides each recipient with a sculpture, “A Healer’s Touch,” which 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 Froedtert West Bend Hospital feel about nurses.

At Froedtert West Bend Hospital, Laura was honored at a recent ceremony at which he received a certificate, pin and the sculpture.


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