West Bend, Wis. — Ruth Mayer, a resident of Hartford and an RN in the Birth Center, has been recognized with St. Joseph’s Hospital’s first quarter DAISY Award for her kindness and understanding.
“Ruth was with us from the morning through the whole event,” said her nominator. “It was our first delivery and she took the time to walk through everything so we felt comfortable with the experience. Her kind, generous and understanding method with us as patients is the best example of what a nurse should be. She truly made our stay memorable.”
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 St. Joseph’s Hospital feel about nurses.
At St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ruth was honored at a recent ceremony at which he received a certificate, pin and the sculpture.