Riverwood presents DAISY Award to obstetrics nurse

Pam Johnson, RN, DAISY Award Winner

Riverwood Healthcare Center participates in the DAISY Award honoring exemplary nurses who have been recognized by a patient for their extraordinary act of compassion or a relationship that they have created with a patient that truly made a difference.  The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The latest DAISY award recipient at Riverwood is Pam Johnson, a registered nurse for Riverwood’s birthing center. Johnson has worked for Riverwood for 17 years, caring for patients in the medical and surgical and labor and delivery units. As a certified lactation counselor, she supports mothers with breastfeeding.

Johnson describes her love of nursing with these comments: “I am honored to care for patients in all stages of life. I love guiding women through their journey of childbirth, helping to ensure they have the support they need throughout labor, delivery and postpartum. I also enjoy caring for patients who are sick, injured, recovering from surgery, or at the end of their life. I strive to offer them comfort, compassion and dignity. My favorite thing about being a nurse is making a difference in the lives of my patients during their most vulnerable moments.”

Johnson lives in Breezy Point with her husband, Roland, and their three sons, James, Noah and Graham. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially mountain biking at Cuyuna and canoe trips to the Boundary Waters.

Keyanna MacDonald, a Riverwood patient who nominated Johnson, shared these comments: “Pam is the obstetrics nurse who helped with the delivery of both my daughters. With both deliveries I had to be induced, and she provided empathetic and compassionate care. She listened to all my concerns and went above and beyond with everything she did.”

MacDonald adds, “Pam was also very knowledgeable about OB care and gave answers to all my difficult questions. She is very deserving of this award, and we couldn’t be more blessed to have such a kind, caring and thoughtful nurse with us during both birth experiences at Riverwood.”

Riverwood Chief Nursing Officer Carla Zupko comments: “On behalf of Riverwood, we are pleased to recognize Pam as our fifth DAISY Award winner. She is very deserving of this award. We give out the DAISY Award three times a year and encourage all patients to nominate a nurse who delivered outstanding care to them in the hospital or at the clinics.”

Nomination forms are available in Riverwood’s clinic lobbies and included in inpatient packets. The form is also available for downloading at www.riverwoodhealthcare.org (click on News & Events, DAISY Award news release) or by contacting Carla Zupko at (218) 927-5521 or czupko@rwhealth.org

About the DAISY Award
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 diopathic 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.

The DAISY Award and DAISY Team Award are initiatives of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org