Rose Marie Labrie, a nurse in SMHC’s special care unit has been honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Labrie (in front) is shown with some of her colleagues. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Rose Marie Labrie, a nurse in SMHC’s special care unit has been honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Labrie (in front) is shown with some of her colleagues. SUBMITTED PHOTO

BIDDEFORD — Rose Marie Labrie, a nurse in Southern Maine Health Care’s special care unit, has been honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Labrie was nominated for her “clinical skill and compassionate care” and “exemplifying the kind of nurse that our patients, their families and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model.”

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 from complications of a little known, but not uncommon, auto-immune disease.

“Rose Marie Labrie has a great love for her profession as a nurse,” said SMHC’s Special Care Unit Nurse Manager Chrysa Ragnarsson. “Rose includes her patients in their care plan. She works with them to get out of bed several times a day to improve their healing during their hospital stay.

“Rose is positive and professional and staff seeks her out for input on solving patient problems or concerns. Rose is a wonderful nurse and a strong advocate for her patients and their families,” Ragnarsson said.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. They are chosen by a committee of nurses at Southern Maine Health Care to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, SMHC administration, patients, and visitors.

Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse,” and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Southern Maine Health Care are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

If you have received extraordinary care from a nurse at Southern Maine Health Care and would like to nominate them for a DAISY Award, complete the online application at: https://mainehealth.org/southern-maine-health-care/about/contact-us-at-smhc/daisy-award.

Southern Maine Health Care is a national award-winning healthcare system with a nonprofit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford.

SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, North Berwick, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations.

To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit www.smhc.org, https://www.youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or https://twitter.com/SMHCHealth.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care he 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.

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org


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