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Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at Adventist Health Hanford

Awards & Recognition

HANFORD – A registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Adventist Health Hanford was honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses on May 14. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Elsa Lopez was recognized by a committee of nurses at Adventist Health in the Central Valley for exhibiting the faith-based organization’s service standards. Her peers describe her as amazing and say the care she provides to patients is fit for a king.

Nurses were also recognized at Adventist Health Selma and Adventist Health Reedley.

Each honoree receives a certificate commending her/him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree also receives a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.