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Memorial Announces Kasey Aguillard as July Daisy Winner

Memorial Announces Kasey Aguillard as July Daisy Winner

Kasey Aguillard in nursing scrubs holding award plaque and trophy​​​​​​​​​​​

​Congratulations to Kasey Aguillard, BSN, RN, CCRN and a team member in the Surgical ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital! She was nominated by a patient's family member for the exemplary care she provided with a kind and reassuring demeanor. 

From the Nominator:

I am writing to nominate Kasey Aguillard for The DAISY Award. During my father’s recent hospital stay, Kasey provided exemplary care that went above and beyond my family’s expectations. From the moment Kasey began interacting with us, I could tell she was dedicated to providing compassionate care. She took the time to listen to our concerns and answer our questions, always with a kind and reassuring demeanor.

Throughout my dad’s stay, Kasey went out of her way to ensure he received the best possible care. She was knowledgeable, skilled, and always willing to go the extra mile. She consistently demonstrated a level of professionalism and compassion that was truly remarkable. In addition to her clinical expertise, Kasey also demonstrated exceptional communication skills. She kept us informed about my dad’s care plan and any changes that were made. She always took the time to explain things clearly and made sure that we understood what was happening.

Overall, I believe that Kasey is an outstanding nurse who truly embodies the values of The DAISY Award. Her compassion, dedication, and professionalism are an inspiration to us all, and I am honored to nominate her for this prestigious award.

About DAISY:

In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkins Disease twice, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura).

Said his father, Mark Barnes, "We are so blessed that we were able to spend the eight weeks of his hospitalization with him and his family. During those weeks, we experienced the best of Nursing. We were there to see the clinical skill that dealt with his very complex medical situation, the fast thinking of nurses who saved his life more than once, and that nursing excellence that took years to hone to the best of the profession. But frankly, as a patient family, we rather expected that Pat would have great clinical care. That was why he was in the hospital. What we did not expect was the way his nurses delivered that care - the kindness and compassion they gave Pat and all of us in his family every day. We were awed by the way the nurses touched him and spoke with him, even when he was on a ventilator and totally sedated. The way they informed and educated us eased our minds. They truly helped us through the darkest hours of our lives, with soft voices of hope and strong loving hugs that to this day, we still feel."

Just days after he died, the family began talking about what they would do to help fill the giant hole in their hearts that Pat’s passing had left. His wife came up with the acronym, DAISY, standing for diseases attacking the immune system. As they discussed what to do in Patrick’s memory, first and foremost, they wanted to say Thank You for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day. That is when the family created The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.

For more information regarding Kasey's nomination, click here.