“I wholeheartedly believe Dena brings a vigor for patient advocacy and assertiveness to this job that is exceedingly rare,” said Dr. Vinson. “This is matched only by her immense clinical knowledge and refined clinical skill set.”
The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. This is a nationally recognized award.
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 Purpura (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.
The CRMC Foundation is pleased to announce the Dr. and Mrs. James Wilson Associate Education Fund. The Wilson Fund will be dedicated to providing specialized training and educational opportunities for CRMC associates. This fund will assist CRMC associates in pursuing training that goes above and beyond the certifications required for their position.
“It is truly a gift when you have donors like the Wilson family who understand the value of education for our associates,” said Coffeyville Regional Medical Center CEO Brian Lawrence. “This fund will allow us to support our employees as they grow individually to better serve our patients and community.”
Dr. and Mrs. James Wilson arrived in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1971. Dr. Wilson came to CRMC to be the first CRMC pathologist and manage our lab for the community hospital. Dr. and Mrs. Wilson were passionate about recruiting others to the community and spent many hours personally recruiting physicians and healthcare professionals to the CRMC team and the community.
“Listening to Mrs. Wilson talk about the history of our hospital, you really come to understand how pivotal each and every person has been in the building of our community hospital,” said Foundation Director Lisa Kuehn. “I’m extremely grateful for those who have had the forethought to understand what our community would need and how to get us there. Appreciating our past and all of our history is a tremendous part of moving forward. I am extremely grateful for the Wilsons and all the others who have given tirelessly to CRMC.”
The Wilsons have always been passionate about serving others and investing in others as they pursue their educational goals. The Wilsons’ raised five sons who now live throughout the United States: Robert, David, Charles, William, and George.
After Dr. Wilson’s passing in 2006, Mrs. Wilson stayed in Coffeyville, declaring it her hometown. She is passionate about serving others and is an avid horticulturist.
The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Foundation operates as a separate 501©3 corporation. It is our mission to provide financial support and assistance to the hospital so that they may achieve and maintain excellence as a healthcare provider and leader for the communities that we serve.
The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Foundation is proud to announce award of a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas for our pediatric patients facing developmental delays. This grant allows the CRMC Rehabilitation Team to assess patients and offer the oral motor tools they need and might otherwise not be able to afford. Currently, over 80% of the pediatric patients come from low-income families with limited financial resources.
CRMC serves children born with developmental delays and other unspecified disorders.
“I see children with limited abilities to chew and swallow,” said Speech-Language Pathologist, Gail Billman. “This may be caused by decreased motor movements or sensory issues in which they may tolerate only one texture. Using food and non-food therapy tools are basic-necessities in therapy. My goal in working with feeding problems is to help the child not only learn how to use their muscles for eating and speech, but also improve their nutritional intake. Children need a well-balanced diet and adequate caloric intake in order for their brains to develop.”
Improvements with research in the field of speech-language pathology and those that work as feeding specialists have developed a wide variety of successful tools to enhance oral motor skills necessary for feeding, swallowing, and further speech development.
The CRMC speech-language pathologist works closely with referring physicians to determine needed intervention. Following evaluation and during ongoing intervention with a speech-language pathologist, these tools are recommended to families.
“Many families cannot afford or gain quick access for therapy tools. This grant will allow us to have a stock supply of materials available and provide immediate intervention to our families,” says Billman.
The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas hosts individual charitable funds, created by donors who have a passion for giving back to their community. Grants from the funds assist people throughout Southeast Kansas and many charities beyond Kansas. Visit www.southeaskansas.org or call the foundation, 620 231 8897 with questions about the Community Foundation and its many services available for donors.
The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Foundation operates as a 501©3 corporation. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial support and assistance to the hospital so that they may achieve and maintain excellence as a healthcare provider and leader for the communities that we serve.
Coffeyville Regional Medical is proud to recognize associates with the BEE and DAISY Awards, starting October 5, 2020.
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way.
The BEE (Being Exceptional Everyday) Award honors and recognizes team members outside of nursing who go Beyond Exceptional Expectations. These team members provide extraordinary experiences for our patients, their families and visitors by exemplifying quality service and extraordinary care. Just as the Daisy cannot survive without the Bee, the nurses cannot survive without the outstanding teamwork provided by other healthcare professionals.
“We are thrilled to bring a new scope of recognition to CRMC’s highly deserving staff,” said Cindy Duncan, Director of Human Resources. “The DAISY and BEE Awards will recognize our staff with a professional prestige at national and international levels that we have not had before. We’re excited to spoil our honorees and expand these programs in the future.”
Employees may be nominated by patients, families, colleagues, and volunteers. The nomination forms are taken to a committee who then will decide on an award recipient for each category each month. At the end of the year an overall winner of each category will be chosen for a yearly award.
To learn more about the DAISY/BEE Awards or to make an online nomination visit our website at www.crmcinc.org. For any questions, please contact Michelle Kastler at [email protected]