The personal attention a Floyd Medical Center nurse gave to a patient and his wife after the man was treated at the hospital's heart catheterization lab did not go unnoticed.
The patient's wife said Trisha Owen, RN, was always willing to go out of her way to make sure her husband was comfortable and happy as possible given the circumstances.
"Whenever she left his room, she would ask, 'Is there anything else you need?' Then she would ask me if there was anything she could do for me, too," the wife wrote.
For her efforts, Owen earned a DAISY Award, which recognizes bedside nurses across the globe for the exceptional care they provide patients. The award was established by the family of Patrick Barnes after he died from an autoimmune disease while being treated in a Seattle hospital. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Barnes family was thankful for the care he received and created the award to thank bedside nurses for the job they do.
Owen, who has worked at Floyd for seven years, said she was humbled by the award. “There are a lot of people here who work really hard to take care of patients every day," she said.
After two days in the ICU, the man desperately wanted a real shower. His wife said Owen did everything necessary to make it happen. Although it was the end of her shift, she got the man extra gowns to protect his privacy and escorted him to the shower and back.
“Because of her kindness and the power of that shower, he had his first good night's sleep since being admitted," his wife wrote.
The patient's wife said one of the most outstanding things about Owen was the personal connection she made with her husband.
"It wasn't contrived or forced," she explained. "Trisha took time to build a relationship through conversation, asking questions like, 'What do you like to do?' and then sharing her interests and talking about family. When he was discharged, it felt like we were leaving behind a dear friend."
Owen was also presented with a sculpture called A Healer's Touch. Each piece is hand-carved for the DAISY Foundation by an artist of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.