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October 7--  Robert Bell, a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Meadows Regional Medical Center, has received the hospital's "DAISY Award" for Extraordinary Nurses.

robertbellThe award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize nurses who go above and beyond in providing excellent care to their patients every day. Meadows Regional Medical Center, a proud DAISY Award hospital partner, recognizes one nurse each month to receive the special award.

Bell was nominated by the Gilchrist family for the compassionate care and emotional support he exemplified during their father’s stay in ICU. “Robert’s compassionate care was shown to our family in the way of being responsive to our many and repeated questions,” said Dorothy Gilchrist. “His professional knowledge was invaluable during our last hours with our father in ICU.”

“Robert leaves a lasting impression on patients and their families because of his exceptional compassion,” said Meadows Regional Medical Chief Nursing Officer, Michele Malone. “He is a key member of our ICU staff and we are very fortunate to have nurses of his caliber at Meadows.”

Bell has been employed with Meadows Regional Medical Center for five years and currently resides in Lyons.

The Daisy Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received during his hospital stay inspired this unique means of recognizing extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of patients.