Carol Lemmen of Oaklawn Hospital’s nursing staff received a quarterly DAISY Award during a recent presentation honoring her exemplary nursing service.
Morita Smith of Battle Creek nominated Lemmen for the honor. The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that celebrates and rewards extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses each day.
In a message delivered to Oaklawn officials in September, Smith praised Lemmen’s expression of friendly care and compassion in the Critical Care Unit where she works.
As an example of Lemmen’s dedication, Smith singled out Lemmen’s efforts to make Smith comfortable and instill in her a sense of hope and happiness during her stay at the hospital.
“Carol would give me back rubs, feet rubs and, when I had pain in my stomach, she would give me medicine,” Smith said in nominating Lemmen for the honor. “She took such great care of me. Carol is the best.”
Smith said Lemmen took time to connect with her through simple acts of kindness, and that she always will have a special place in Smith’s heart.
Lemmen, a Battle Creek resident, launched her nursing career 30 years ago in Grand Rapids. She joined Oaklawn’s nursing team in 2004, and has worked in the Critical Care Unit since that time. Her hobbies include art and photography.
Lemmen said she appreciated the honor.
“It feels good that people get recognized – but a lot of people contribute,” she said.
Lemmen is “a very loyal Oaklawn employee who always puts patient care first,” said Deborah Smith, director of the Critical Care Unit.
As a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, Oaklawn Hospital recognizes one of its nurses with the special honor every quarter. Recipients are given public recognition in his or her unit, along with a certificate, an award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer's Touch.”
DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system.” The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura at age 33.
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees are encouraged to nominate a deserving employee. A DAISY Award nomination form may be obtained from the hospital, or online by visiting the “News and Events” area at the hospital’s website, www.oaklawnhospital.org.