Michele Welker, Director of Surgical Services, Lindsey Berg, RN, ODS (DAISY Award Winner), Joe Akif WGH COO/CNO, and Richard Allen WGH CEO. Photo submitted.

Berg is 17th DAISY Award Recipient

May 1, 2024

WARREN, Pa. – Lindsey Berg, an RN in the operating room at Warren General Hospital, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurse on March 29, 2024.

Berg is the 17th DAISY Award recipient at WGH. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Berg was nominated by Ruth Nelson.

“It is with great pleasure that I write to you today to nominate Lindsey Berg for the Daisy Award,” Nelson wrote. “I strongly believe that Lindsey is a prime candidate for the award. I took my son, Joey, to the ER on Nov. 11, 2023 with what we thought was appendicitis. After a CT scan, they determined that it was a very large kidney stone. We were referred to Dr Olsen. Joey was then scheduled to have one-day surgery to break it up on Nov. 21.

“Prior to the surgery, he had to go to the lab at Warren General Hospital twice. It has always been difficult to draw blood from Joey. Unfortunately, they had to try numerous times both days to retrieve the blood they needed. This resulted in a very apprehensive patient for the upcoming surgery. On the day of the surgery instead of being worried about the surgery, Joey was worried about how many times he would be pricked to get the IV started.

“Lindsey Berg was his nurse that day. She 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. She looked at Joey’s veins and decided that she wanted to put a heat blanket on him to try and make the veins show better. Lindsey took the extra time to do this. She was determined to get the IV started on the first try which she did! 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. Lindsey is an amazing nurse that goes above and beyond! She demonstrates excellence in delivery of patient care and that is why I feel Lindsey deserves the Daisy Award. I hope I have expressed Lindsey’s exceptional qualities. I think it is great that Warren General Hospital has the DAISY Award to recognize the exceptional caregivers that they have.”

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. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

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

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Puerperal (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.

“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, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Warren General Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“Congratulations Lindsey Berg, RN, Warren General Hospital is honored to have an exceptional nurse like you, working here,” the hospital said in a release.

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