Lincolnland Home Care nurse Sharon Reinhart receives DAISY award for outstanding service
Lincolnland Home Care nurse Sharon Reinhart, LPN, was honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Sarah Bush Lincoln (SBL).
Reinhart was citied for her creative thinking that helped a family clean up the home of a patient that required cardiac and respiratory care.
Reinhart worked with Lincolnland Home Care social worker Diane Snow to have bed bugs exterminated from the home. Snow arranged for new mattresses from Slumberland, which donated them.
Then, Reinhart spent many hours finding a dumpster to discard the old mattresses. The family could not afford the minimum $300 charge for a dumpster, so she made an arrangement to have the mattresses discarded for free.
“The family was very grateful that it was all arranged and for the new mattresses,” Reinhart said.
Lincolnland Home Care manager Kelley Hennigh praised staff members for helping the entire family.
"Both SBL staff members have treated this family like their own family," she said. "They have showed genuine kindness, compassion and respect. They have partnered with the family, and encouraged them to do the best thing for their entire family’s health."
During the award presentation, Reinhart received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, called “A Healer’s Touch.”
Sarah Bush Lincoln is one one of more than 1,900 health care facilities to be a DAISY Award hospital partner.
The DAISY Award is named of honor of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 due to complications of an auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for those diseases that attack the body's immune system. Barnes' family decided to honor nurses with an award because of the care they give patients and their families.
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and other employees may nominate a nurse for the Daisy Award. Every month, SBL’s DAISY committee selects a nurse to receive the honor.
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