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Extraordinary Acute Care Nurse Recognized at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

Posted Date: 7/11/2022
DAISY Award Winner

L-R: Kevin Stalnaker, Chief Administrative Officer; Kara Hoover, RN, Acute Care; Carole Norton, Chief Nursing Officer

Kara Hoover, RN, of Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. Awarded to nurses biannually at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, The DAISY Award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The nomination submitted from one of Kara's patients read, "Kara was so caring and compassionate. She was on top of changing my IV meds and I didn't have to ring for her. She saw I was in so much pain and she offered me a heat pad. She was on the go non-stop. I left my door open, and she was up and down the hallway every little bit. I could not ask for better people to take care of me; she went above what I feel they needed to make sure I was comfortable. I can't thank them enough! A big, big thank you, Kara."

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick 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 their patients and patient families.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night," said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. "Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

Kara is a Registered Nurse in the Acute Care Department and has worked for Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital since January 2022.

"I really enjoy working here. I love the closeness of employees with each other, and the helpfulness of the entire staff," said Kara. "I love nursing and am excited to see where any journey here takes me. Everyone is so kind."

"We are delighted to honor Kara with the Daisy Award. She has shown her dedication to her patients and the nursing profession," said Bertha Webb, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Director of Acute Care. "Her nominator noted that Kara went above and beyond her nursing duties in helping the patient. That is a real sign of her excellent nursing skills and compassion."

Kara is a Braxton County native and lives there with her son, Caleb. She obtained her nursing degree from Fairmont State University.

Nurses can be nominated by anyone who has been affected by their care - patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians, and staff - anyone who has experienced or observed extraordinary, compassionate care being provided by a nurse. Say thank you to a nurse and nominate the for the DAISY Award by visiting MonHealth.com/DAISY. To learn more about the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses, visit https://DAISYFoundation.org.
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