Western Plains Medical Complex patients nominated an emergency room registered nurse as the recipient for the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses.

Of the approximately 85 nurses at the complex, Cathy Cox personifies what it takes to meet the high-caliber criteria: She has passion and compassion for patients; establishes a connection with them, as well as trust; has admirable affirmation; is quick to learn; and is a selfless person, said chief nursing officer Lisa Wallace at a ceremony recently.

Cox is a graduate of the Dodge City Community College Department of Nurse Education. She demurred when asked why she thought she had won the award, saying humbly, “I couldn’t do anything without my co-workers.”

Cox has been a nurse at the complex since 2005.

The international recognition program honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care provided by nurses every day.

DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and is a merit-based award that honors not only great clinical skill and leadership but especially strong patient care and compassion.

Her boss, Jared Isaac, said he wasn’t surprised she won the honor.

“She’s so passionate about helping people and always goes the extra step, especially if she feels they need extra help,” Isaac said. “She takes a genuine interest in her patients.”

The goal is to nominate a recipient for the DAISY award biannually. The next ceremony will be held in May 2020.

“They have a special and different relationship with the patients,” Wallace said of nominees.

Nomination forms are available on each unit at the hospital, as well as on the hospital’s website.

To access a nomination form online, go to www.westernplainsmc.com and search “DAISY.”

Email nominations to WPLNhumanresources@lpnt.net or mail them to Western Plains Medical Complex, Attn: Daisy Award Coordinator, 3001 Avenue A, Dodge City, KS 68701

For more information, visit www.daisyfoundation.org.


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