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(Phoenix, Arizona, March 28, 2018)
A dedicated nurse at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Tempe resident, Joan Kraus, RN, was recently presented with a DAISY Award for providing compassionate care in the hospital’s Mother-Baby Unit since 1998.
Throughout her career, Kraus has consistently taken time to go the extra mile with patients and their families, as well as physicians and colleagues. Committed to ensuring patients receive the best care, she often volunteers to work extra hours when her co-workers need help getting through busy shifts. Kraus carries about her duties in a pleasant manner, and is frequently heard humming while she works. Having been on the team for two decades, Kraus has experienced many changes during her time at St. Joseph’s and continually embraces change with grace. She is a role model to her colleagues and truly embodies the values of the DAISY Award.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make every day.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by J. Mark Barnes and his family in memory of his son J. Patrick Barnes. J. Patrick died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known autoimmune disease. The nursing care Patrick and his family received while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families.
“We are proud to be among the hospital systems participating in The DAISY Award program,” says Patty White, president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides another way for us to do that.”