Lupita Chavez wins 2015 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing at Dallas County Hospital

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DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing winner Lupita Chavez LPN, center, was congratulated by Dallas County Hospital Chief Executive Officer Matt Wille, left, and Dallas County Hospital Chief Clinical Officer Donna Vandehaar.

Lupita Chavez LPN has won the fourth annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing, according to a spokesperson at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry. Chavez received the honor May 7 during National Nurses’ Week.

The DAISY award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day, the spokesperson said.

Chavez has been a member of the Dallas County Hospital team since 2000. She began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), continued her education and is now a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

“Lupita was nominated for her great patient care, documentation, communications skills and knowledge of electronic health records,” said Donna Vandehaar, Chief Clinical Officer at Dallas County Hospital. “She is an advocate for her patients and co-workers alike.”

“I am so proud of Lupita and the compassion and dedication she displays each day here at Dallas County Hospital,” said Dallas County Hospital Chief Executive Officer Matt Wille. “From the kind and caring way she treats each of her patients to the initiative she has taken to learn the new electronic health records, Lupita is truly an inspiration to nurses everywhere.”

DAISY Award nominees are chosen by doctors, employees, patients and families. Chavez will also be honored in June at a Mercy Health Network luncheon.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses during his illness inspired the DAISY award as a way to thank nurses for their compassion.

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