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Mark Amundson named Adventist Health Lodi Memorial’s DAISY Award winner

Awards & Recognition May 30, 2018 - In a heartfelt ceremony, Adventist Health Lodi Memorial honored one of its nurses with the nationally recognized DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Mark Amundson, who has worked on Medical-Surgical units, was presented the award surrounded by his peers and hospital leaders at a May ceremony. 

Amundson was nominated by Mirna Mirales, whose father had been admitted to Adventist Health Lodi Memorial after a gallbladder surgery. She was particularly touched not only by Amundson’s professionalism and the compassion showed for her father’s well-being, but by the concern he showed her husband and her when they were visiting, including offering them cups of water and making sure their chairs were comfortable. He also took time to explain every process and procedure in detail, which made the patient and his family feel comfortable and safe during a vulnerable time.

“I left the hospital feeling confident that my father was in really good hands,” Morales wrote. “Mark is amazing – he loves his jo and his patients!”

The DAISY Award was established nationally to recognize the over-the-top efforts nurses perform every day. Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Debbe Moreno spoke at the employee ceremony about the nurse known for starting and ending his shift with a bright smile. 
“Mark is an extraordinary person and shining example of a great nurse who epitomizes nursing at its best,” Moreno said. “It is these kinds of extraordinary and selfless qualities that have inspired others to nominate Mark for the DAISY Award.”

Amundson received an “Extraordinary Nurse” certificate, DAISY-designated parking spot, a DAISY award pin and A Healer’s Touch sculpture hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. 

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s efforts to nurses who go above and beyond on a daily basis. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 33 from an autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the award as a means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Our compassionate and talented team of 33,300 includes more than 24,600 employees; 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 3,700 volunteers working together in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Together, our team is inspired to transform the health experience of our communities, with our unique focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.