SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Nurse Navigator Named Daisy of the Year

Today, SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health honored one of its own with the Daisy of the Year Award, an award to show nurses how deserving they are and to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Nurse Navigator Linda Lennon is this year’s Daisy of the Year Award winner for 2017.

Linda was nominated for making a lasting impression upon the heart of a 22-year-old-patient. While that patient experienced radiation therapy, Linda was her nurse and played a critical role in her support system. Linda often called the patient at home to check on her symptoms, make sure she had the best care possible and was a great listener especially on difficult days. The patient said, “She is truly a blessing to me and my family.”

The Daisy Foundation was established by Mark and Bonnie Barnes to honor the exceptional nursing care their son, Patrick, received while battling ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura). By honoring the nurses who go “above and beyond” with the Daisy Award, healthcare organizations have an outstanding tool to add focus to their patient/family-centered care throughout the year.

Each month, SwedishAmerican honors one nurse for the Daisy of the Month Award and in May one of those deserving nurses is named the Daisy of the Year. Below is a list of all SwedishAmerican nominees:

June 2016
Neil Amill, RN – Medical Oncology 7th Floor (currently employed in CCU)

August 2016
Kay Blair, BSN, RN – Ortho/Neuro 10th Floor

September 2016
Bradee Wheeler, BSN, RN - CCU

October 2016
Dawn Beckett, RN – Labor & Delivery

November 2016
Alice Weiner, RN, AMSN – MDU (currently employed in Pediatrics)

December 2016
Linda Lennon, RN, OCN
Nurse Navigator – Radiation Oncology, Regional Cancer Center

January 2017
Heather Ton, BSN, RN – PCU

February 2017
Kelly Logli, APN – Endocrinology, Brookside Specialty Center

March 2017
Jennie Ortgiesen, BSN, RN – Medical Oncology 7th Floor

April 2017
Susan Gilbaugh-Beckus, RN – Emergency Department

Linda was honored during a special awards ceremony today at SwedishAmerican. To learn more about the Daisy of the Year Award or to nominate a nurse, visit http://www.swedishamerican.org/patients_visitors/daisy/.

For further information, contact:

Katryna Kirby