Crozer-Keystone Recognizes Sharon Sponheimer, R.N. as a DAISY Award Recipient - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on December 14, 2015

Crozer-Keystone Recognizes Sharon Sponheimer, R.N. as a DAISY Award Recipient

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Aubrey Proud
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Crozer-Keystone Recognizes Sharon Sponheimer, R.N. as a DAISY Award Recipient

Sharon Sponheimer, R.N. receives her DAISY Award together with other team members on the stepdown unit of Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

Crozer-Keystone Health System recently recognized Sharon Sponheimer, R.N., a nurse from the stepdown unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, as a recipient of the DAISY Award. Nurses that receive this significant accomplishment are chosen based on their ability to consistently meet all of the following criteria: Dedicated, Autonomous, Innovative, Selfless and Extraordinary. Sponheimer was nominated by a patient’s family as well as her manager for this award.

Earlier this year, a young man was seriously injured in a car accident on I-95 and required care at Crozer for 14 weeks. When he was transferred from the shock trauma unit to the stepdown unit, the family met Sponheimer during her regular night shift. In fact, the family later learned that this special nurse actually requested to care for their son as it was her stated goal to see him reach full recovery. Sponheimer was able to provide her experienced and compassionate care that included carefully helping the patient out of bed several times a week to soak his feet in a pan of warm water and also using moisturizing creams and lotions to help with the tissue scarring. A few weeks into his recovery, Sponheimer let the family know she had arranged to have their son moved to a new room within the stepdown unit to change his environment which sometimes can help a patient. This innovative move included Sponheimer personally moving the patient’s items while she encouraged the family to bring pictures from his bedroom at home, and together they called this new room a “penthouse.”

With the family continuing to move forward now outside of the hospital with the recovery of their son, his mother commented on the nomination by stating, “Nurse Sharon Sponheimer was that special person during our stay, as we realize that there were many critical patients that needed special attending too also. She will always have a place in our hearts forever.”

Sheila Savage, R.N. commented regarding her employee, “I often watch, listen and wonder when Sharon is at the bedside comforting a patient and their family during a hard time if they realize how lucky they are to have such an angel of a nurse beside them advocating and caring for them and their loved ones.”

DAISY Foundation and DAISY Award

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications from an auto-immune disease. The care that Barnes 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.

Each DAISY Award Honoree is recognized at a public ceremony on his or her unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a beautifully hand-carved stone sculpture. In addition, the unit celebrates their colleague’s achievement with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls which were a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.

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