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Hospital for Special Care Recognizes Exceptional Nurse with The Inaugural DAISY Award®

May 31, 2024

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Kate Wray, RN has been named Hospital for Special Care’s recipient of the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. This award recognizes nurses that go above and beyond to provide patients and families with excellence in clinical care and compassion.  Nominated by patients, families and colleagues, award recipients are chosen by a committee at Hospital for Special Care.

Kate has served as a registered nurse for over 25 years at Hospital for Special Care. Her composed demeanor and optimistic outlook foster a nurturing and inclusive environment that benefits both patients and colleagues. She was nominated by a patient and their daughter who says, “Kate you have always been there to support new nurses and help them on their journey. You are always diligent with your care; I knew my mom would be in great hands.”

Pictured left to right, Olivia Lombardo, RN, Anne Wojskowicz, Chief Nursing Officer, Kate Wray, RN, Sheila Basquil, Clinical Manager and Paula Doyle, Director of Nursing.

“Our employees are an integral part of reaching our mission to rebuild lives,” says Lynn Ricci, President and CEO, “We are excited to carry on a legacy of recognizing our staff with the national DAISY Award® program.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  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.

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO, and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand 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 for Special Care are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

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

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in thousands of healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition programs for nurses wherever they practice, in whatever role they serve, and throughout their careers- from nursing student through lifetime achievement, and through several lines of research grant and evidence-based practice projects funding. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.

About Hospital for Special Care

Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and one of only two in the nation serving adults and children. HFSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HFSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit www.hfsc.org, and follow us on Facebook @HospitalforSpecialCare and Twitter @HospSpecialCare.




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