Mariah Rangel, RN, recently received the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) award for her stellar patient care at Memorial Hospital Los Banos.

The DAISY Award is an ongoing recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful and compassionate care nurses provide every day. This award is active in over 5,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing, internationally.

The DAISY foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Immune thrombocytopenia, a type of platelet disorder in 1999. During his hospitalization, Patrick’s family deeply appreciated not only the immense clinical skill but also the enormous compassion shown to Pat and his family by his nurses. “When Pat died, we felt compelled to say, ‘thank you!’ to nurses in a very personal way,” a family spokesperson said.

Nurses are nominated by patients, families and colleagues and chosen by a committee of their peers.

“Mariah was a godsend,” the patient’s daughter shared in her nomination. “My mother was so weak and sick, [but] as soon as we got to the ER, Mariah was able to calm her down and talk her through everything.”

Mariah’s calming effect on the patient was especially appreciated given her blindness. In addition to her compassion, the team was able to check the patient in and diagnose her within just an hour.

“The compassion that this facility produces is wonderful,” the patient’s daughter wrote. “I can’t express enough how great it feels to have people like Mariah be there for us who feel overwhelmed, anxious and exhausted from caring for our family members on a daily basis.

“So, for the short time we had Mariah to care for my mother, she has forever left a beautiful mark in our lives. Thank you, Sutter Family, and more importantly thank you Mariah, our Angel in disguise.”

The Westside Express