Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Kimberly S. Balch, a registered nurse in the Endoscopy Unit, was honored for excellent care by the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected awards program.
Balch received one of her heartfelt nominations from a patient who had fallen on Allen Street. Balch happened to be driving by and assisted the woman in getting back on her feet and offered her a ride home. After introducing herself as a nurse in the endoscopy unit, the woman indicated that she soon had an appointment in the unit. Balch, after realizing the patient had not yet been scheduled, made the appointment, arranged for transportation and delivery of her pre-procedural prescriptions. “I really appreciate all she did,” wrote the patient. “I can’t say it enough. There should be an award for being such a good human being.”
“I am so proud to have her on the team,” said Colette Myhre, RN, Clinical Manager of Endoscopy. “I am not at all surprised to hear of this act of kindness. It represents the strong ethics and kind heart that Kim displays every day.”
The DAISY Award ceremony, held before colleagues, honored Balch 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, Balch 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.