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Wednesday, September 23, 2020  

Exempla Healthcare nurses recipients of Daisy AwardPublished 4/9/2007

Three nurses were recently honored for going above and beyond during times of blizzard, by helping connect an out-of-state family with their dying mother, and for being an everyday hero.

The nationwide Daisy Award Ceremony for Extraordinary Nurses was held to recognize three nurses at Exempla Healthcare who went above and beyond the call of duty.

Exempla Healthcare: Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center & Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center. Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.

Mechele Fillman at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital helped to assist an out-of-state family connect with their dying mother. IST set up a "webcam farewell" from the hospital, and Fillman coordinated efforts between the hospital and the family to ensure that they could say goodbye.

Bernie Pomarico at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center because her colleagues say she’s an all-around excellent nurse, day in and day out. She is known for her relaxed presence, and on several occasions she’s been able to calm agitated patients that challenged other nurses. Her compassion and composure are well-known throughout her department.

Deb Stevenson at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center showed her dedication by staying at the hospital for 36 straight hours during the December blizzard. She relieved many tired staff members and the little sleep she received was on the floor of her office so that other staff could have beds.

The Daisy Award recipients are chosen by fellow nurses. The recipients are given a certificate commending him or her for being an extraordinary nurse. Each certificate 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."

The Daisy Awards at Exempla Healthcare are sponsored by UnitedHealthcare. The not-for-profit Daisy foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. The Daisy Foundation’s goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, Daisy has programs to help fund research to improve treatment and ultimately cure ITP and to provide assistance to ITP Support groups.

As of October 2006, more than 1,000 nurses at 80 hospitals have been recognized with The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. More information is available at

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