Above and beyond: Berg recognized with DAISY Award while Dunham received Bee Award

Lindsey Berg, a registered nurse at Warren General Hospital, has been recognized with the DAISY Award while Karin Dunham was presented with the BEE Award. Both awards aim to recognize those who go above and beyond in their work.

Two members of the staff at Warren General Hospital have been recognized for going above and beyond.

Lindsey Berg, a nurse in the operating room, and Karin Dunham, who works in environmental services have been awarded the DAISY Award and BEE Award, respectively.

A mother brought her son to the Emergency Room last November which turned into a procedure 10 days later to break up a large kidney stone.

She wrote in her nomination of Berg that the process of drawing blood has always been difficult for her son. Pre-surgery blood draws resulted in a “very apprehensive patient for the upcoming surgery,” the mother wrote.

Berg “took the time to listen to everything that happened prior to coming in for surgery. Lindsey was responsive to Joey’s needs and showed kindness, compassion, and professionalism.

“We enjoyed her sense of humor which helped put Joey at ease and helped to distract him. When Joey came out of surgery, Lindsey showed extraordinary compassionate care until we were discharged. People like this deserve to be recognized for the exceptional caregiver that they are. Lindsey made a stressful and difficult situation so much better for us.”

The DAISY Award comes from the DAISY Foundation, a non-profit formed in the wake of a death that prompted family members to develop a way to recognize and thank nurses.

The nominations are made by patients, families and colleagues and the award recipients are chosen by a committee at WGH.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Warren General Hospital to receive The DAISY Award.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program,” Chief Nursing Officer Joe Akif said. “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.”

BEE Award

Dunham was nominated for the BEE Award – Being Exceptional Every Day – by a visitor to the hospital.

“On January 12, 2024, I brought my mother to the ER with a laceration on her leg. It bled profusely and made a huge bloody mess in the van I drove to the hospital,” the visitor wrote. “I was very upset about my mom but also about the bloody mess in the vehicle I borrowed from a friend to get my mom to the hospital.

“Karin was so kind and went outside to help me clean the blood out of the van. She worked very hard and did a great job. It was amazing that she helped me when it wasn’t her job to do that.”

The BEE Award was designed to honor hospital employees that are not licensed nurses. It was created by nursing leadership as a compliment to the DAISY Award.

“Just like in nature, bees are loyal and hardworking and cannot exist without the daisy, and neither can the daisy exist without the bee,” WGH said in a statement. “The BEE Award acknowledges the employee for going above and beyond for patients, their families and our hospital every day.”

“It is important our employees know their work is highly valued, and the BEE Program provides a way for us to do that,” CEO Rick Allen said.


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