ICU Nurse praised by family, honored with May DAISY Award

Published: May 31, 2016

A recent Intensive Care Unit Patient at Sparrow wasn’t alert and may not have been able to tell how he was being talked to and gently cared for, but his family sure took notice.

“Everything Ed Ash has done for our son and us has shown his compassion and respect,” said John and Genie Stone, who nominated Ash for a DAISY Award. “From the onset he has explained all the procedures, medications and answered all of our questions. We felt so comfortable having him as our son’s Caregiver.”

Ash, a Registered Nurse in Sparrow’s ICU has been presented with the DAISY Award to honor his actions, going above and beyond to put the needs of his Patient first.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and the DAISY Award is a national program created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes died in 1999 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP at 33 years old. His family was overwhelmed by the skillful and amazingly compassionate Nurses that cared for Pat, and the DAISY Foundation and Award were created as an expression of their gratitude.

The DAISY Award is a way to recognize and make visible the contribution and value of Nurses wherever nursing is practiced.

“We feel he gives Patient care at the highest level,” said the Stones.

Ash received a certificate, a DAISY pin to wear at work and beautiful serpentine stone sculpture carved by the artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture depicts the embracing relationship Nurses have with their Patients.