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Kathy Dekker Honored with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Friday, February 2, 2018  
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McLaren Greater Lansing nurse manager Kathy Dekker was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional care nurses provide every day.

Dekker was praised for her outstanding care of a patient that was nearing the end of their life. Another nurse manager nominated Dekker for her demonstration of excellence, welcoming, respect, and kindness.

“Kathy develops relationships with her patients during her daily rounding. She developed a strong bond with one patient during a lengthy stay. In the end, the patient decided to go to hospice. Kathy spent many days with the patient explaining to both the patient and family what to expect. On the patient’s final day here on Earth (a Saturday) she requested to see Kathy. She came in on her day off and spent a few hours sitting with the patient and her family. She made both the patient and her family feel comfortable and at ease during a very difficult time.“

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation based in Glen Ellen, California was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the superhuman work they do. The kind of work the nurses at McLaren Greater Lansing are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

About McLaren Greater Lansing

McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital operate the region’s most distinguished cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery programs that—together with McLaren Greater Lansing’s oncology, women’s care and wide-ranging diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services — consistently lead in clinical quality and efficiency. The hospitals are part of McLaren Health Care, mid-Michigan’s largest health care system. Visit http://mclaren.org/Lansing.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 40,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at http://www.mclaren.org.


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