DAISY Award to Kelsey Stumbo, RN

Kelsey Stumbo, RN, a nurse in the long term care unit at Greene County Medical Center, is the eighth nurse at the medical center to be honored with the DAISY Award. Stumbo received the award at a ceremony Wednesday morning.

Honored at the DAISY Award ceremony were (from left) Jess Brown, Maria Bretey, award recipient Kelsey Stumbo, and Aaron Charlstrom. Also nominated but not able to be at the ceremony were Vicike McCool and Bev Morgan.
Stumbo was nominated by  Sarah Borgeson (left). Pictured with them is Sarah’s mother Ann Frederick.

Stumbo was nominated by Sarah Borgeson, a previous DAISY Award winner. Stumbo helped care for Borgeson’s grandmother while she was a resident at long term care, and Borgeson identified her herself as family/visitor on the nomination form, not as a co-worker. “Kelsey treated my grandmother is if she was her own,” Borgeson wrote. She also noted that Stumbo was an advocate for her grandmother, working to make sure she was comfortable in her last days.

Also at the awards program Jenny Taylor, the first DAISY recipient at the medical center, spoke about what it meant to her to receive the award. She said the award challenged her on a daily basis to reflect on whether she was doing enough, whether she needed more education, whether she needed to take more time for herself, and other issues. She challenged her fellow nurses always to improve their skills.

John McLaughlin, former KCCI meteorologist who now lives in Greene County, provided a short video in which he said he is very glad to have “high end medical treatment” available at Greene County Medical Center rather than needed to travel to Des Moines or Cleveland. McLaughlin is being treated for Sarcoidosis.

The DAISY Award is used to recognize exceptional patient care in more than 1,700 medical facilities worldwide. Recipients are nominated by patients and their families or by co-workers.

Nominees along with Stumbo were Aaron Chalstrom, acute care; long term care nurses Bev Morgan, Maria Bretey and Vicki McCool, and clinics nurse Jess Brown.

Nominations are blinded and the winner is selected by a local committee at the medical center. The DAISY Award will be given again in the spring.

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