Twin Cities Hospital nurse receives award
Summer Garcia honored with DAISY Award certificate & celebration
– Twin Cities Community Hospital announced that Registered Nurse Summer Garcia is an honoree of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected award program the hospital participates in each quarter. A ceremony was recently held at the hospital as part of the award presentation.
Garcia, who started at Twin Cities as a new graduate in 2013, was nominated by Medical Doctor Sergio Toledo for her “kindness and compassion while caring for a patient who was at the end of his life. Garcia demonstrated an extremely high degree of empathy and was recognized by the patient’s family for both her clinical expertise and emotional support,” according to the hospital.
“I became emotional myself after witnessing the positive human interaction between Summer and the patient’s family,” said Dr. Toledo. “It was at that moment I realized what a wonder nurse Summer has become.”
The award ceremony, held before colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, honored Garcia with the “Extraordinary Nurse” certificate, which 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.” Garcia also received a pin, a hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch,” a large celebratory banner that will hang in her unit for three months. She will be featured on the spotlight page of the foundation’s website.
The DAISY Foundation was started in Glen Allen, by family members of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. As a way of thanking his nurses, his family established the award program to recognize “the super-human efforts nurses everywhere perform every day.”