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Joyce Huisman recognized as Extraordinary Nurse at Orange City Area Health System

Joyce Huisman, RN, was recently honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The national award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The award at Orange City Area Health System is co-sponsored by Sanford Health. Huisman, who recently retired after serving as a hospital nurse at OCAHS for 30 Years, was honored for the exemplary care she provided to our patients & her dedication our organization & her colleagues. “Joyce is the epitome of what a nurse should strive to be” commented Laurie Gebauer, Director of Patient Care for Orange City Area Health System. “She always put her patient’s needs first & was there for her team whenever needed. Joyce is a knowledgeable, compassionate & kind nurse. She is what the Daisy Award stands for”. 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. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”  The 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.” “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” stated Gebauer.  “Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.” Congratulations to Joyce Huisman on being named and Extraordinary Nurse! For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to https://DAISYfoundation.org