Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Andrea Borchlewicz, an RN with Rutland Women’s Healthcare, was honored for excellent care by the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected awards program.
Borchlewicz, a registered nurse at Rutland Regional since 2013, was nominated for the care and compassion she shows towards her patients and her dedication to educating new mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding.
“Andrea promotes patient education, especially regarding breast feeding and many times has helped turn around a mom who was having difficulty in this area by providing supportive advice, helpful solutions and words of encouragement,” said colleague Christine Auer, RN. “Several patients have attributed their re-commitment to breast feeding to the assistance and care given by Andrea.”
“Andrea’s clinical skills and especially compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that our patients, their families and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model,” says Tom Huebner, President and CEO, Rutland Regional Medical Center.
The DAISY Award ceremony, held before colleagues, honored Borchlewicz 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.” Additionally, Borchlewicz received a DAISY Award pin; a beautiful, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled “A Healer's Touch”; a large celebratory banner that will hang in her unit; and a spotlight page on the DAISY Foundation’s website.
About the DAISY Award
The DAISY (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was started in Glen Allen, CA 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 Barnes’s nurses, his family established the award program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses everywhere perform every day.
The DAISY Award is one initiative of the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org.
About Rutland Regional Medical Center
Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest hospital in Vermont and is a not–for–profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals.
Rutland Regional’s commitment to quality patient care has been recognized locally and nationally by becoming the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures and was honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group an independent industry watchdog, in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.