ACMH Announces 2019 DAISY Award Winner

Congratulations to Caylee Rokke, RN, who was named the DAISY Award recipient this year at Audubon County Memorial Hospital & Clinics. Caylee has been a nurse in the Med-Surg/ER department at ACMH since May of 2016.

Caylee with her family.

Caylee is quick to develop a good rapport with her co-workers, her patients, and the providers that she works with. She treats all patients fairly, and with respect. She helps to make each person she encounters feel like they are special. The patient that nominated Caylee had this to say about her:

“Congratulations on winning the DAISY! You are so deserving. It has been two years ago since I spent a month at ACMH recuperating from our accident. The staff here was amazing, and as with any situation they were some of you that ‘stood out in the crowd’! Your bubbly personality and your willingness to go out of your way to make this ‘old lady’s’ stay a more pleasant one will always remain with me. You had a vacation while I was here and you brought the pictures to share with me when you came back. Sort of made me feel like I had been there, too.

Your caring ways and your sharing has not diminished. Last summer when my sister-in-law was here, you were right there again taking care of her … making her feel special. And a few months ago, Larry spent some time here and was fortunate to have you as one of his nurses. He has nothing but good things to say about you and the care you gave him. He had not been in the hospital to stay overnight before, and you made the experience a little less apprehensive for him. And I can’t tell how relieved he was when we came back to the ER and you were the one that took care of him.

Keep µp the good work, Caylee! Your smile, your personality and your expertise all go together to make your patients feel special! I know that’s what it did for these Petersen patients. God bless you and your nursing career! – Dianna Petersen”

Caylee with members of the nursing staff.

Caylee’s compassion, caring demeaning, and nursing excellence was echoed by many of her peers throughout the hospital. One co-worker, Roxie Rupiper (2018 DAISY nurse), said “ Caylee takes extra time with her patients to make sure they are comfortable. She makes sure that they have what they need and takes the time to explain to them what is going on with their care or medications. I have seen her jump up and answer a call light before it even starts to ring. This is not only with patients she is assigned to, but any call light that is on. She doesn’t even think about it. It just gets done. I know when I come to work, and Caylee is by my side, it going be a good day.”

We are so fortunate to have Caylee as our 2019 DAISY nurse, and even more fortunate to have her on our team continuously working to achieve excellence with quality and compassion to those we serve.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), thus giving name to the award “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” DAISY. Patrick’s family was completely awestruck by the care and compassion that they and Patrick were shown during his 8 week illness that they wanted to say THANK YOU to nurses.

In Patrick’s Honor, the DAISY Award is now in over 2,400+ healthcare facilities in all 50 states, and in 15 different countries, all of whom are committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award.