Reece Harding, a registered nurse at Pratt Regional Medical Center was honored with a DAISY award for Extraordinary Nurses.

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A nurse at Pratt Regional Medical Center has been honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The latest recipient at PRMC is Reece Harding, Registered Nurse on the Medical Surgical Floor, who was honored in October. Harding was nominated by one of his patients, Suleenia Trent from Greensburg.

"My granddaughter 8-years-old was very scared for me. Reece joked with her and talked a bit with my family. They (my family) left that night saying I was in good hands. Reece thanks for comforting my family, when I couldn't," said Trent as part of her nomination.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., 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, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. 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. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at (hospital) are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award,” said President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families or colleagues. They are chosen by a committee of nurses at Pratt Regional Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being 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."

The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. 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,” said Andie Dean, PRMC Community Relations Manager.

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