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

Published on September 09, 2015

Crozer-Keystone Recognizes Christine Bendo, R.N. as a DAISY Award Recipient

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Crozer-Keystone Recognizes Christine Bendo, R.N. as a DAISY Award Recipient

Pictured Above (L to R): Loreen Evans, MSN, CCNS, RN, CEN; Eileen Young, MSN, RN; Kenneth Molczan, RN, MSN, MHA, CPN, CEN, CPEN; Christine Bendo, RN; Patty Washkalavitch, BSN, RNC-OB; Wendy Rines, MSN, RN; Lisa Willis, BSN, RN

Crozer-Keystone recently recognized Christine “Chrissy” Bendo, R.N., a pediatric nurse 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.

Bendo was nominated for this award for being a caring and compassionate nurse for an 18 year-old female patient that was recovering from a serious car accident and subsequent surgery. The patient’s mother submitted the nomination with appreciation for how her daughter received such attention within the Trauma Unit and Pediatrics and skilled nursing from Bendo in particular. At a time of difficulty for the family, Bendo provided comfort and reassurance that better days were ahead.

It was a sponge bath, and having her hair washed while in bed, that made the patient feel so much better. The mother commented, “My daughter could not get her back wet so Chrissy washed her hair while she was lying down in bed. Talk about innovative! She combed my daughter’s hair as lovingly as a mother would have her own child. Chrissy gave my daughter hope that she would feel better and stronger eventually. My daughter beamed after the ‘bath’ and smiled happily – she felt so much better!”

In the conclusion of the nomination, the mother commented on the emotions her daughter and she had shared upon being discharged from Crozer by stating, “When Chrissy waived goodbye as we pulled away from the curb, we both felt like we were leaving a good friend. Neither of us will ever forget her compassion, kindness, and willingness to meet my daughter’s every need physically and spiritually.”

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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