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Flubacker Earns Daisy Award at ALMH

Morgan Flubacker of Midland City was recently recognized recently as the Fall 2015 Daisy Award recipient at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

At a presentation on October 21, Flubacker was recognized in front of her colleagues. She received a certificate commending her for being an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  She was also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Flubacker is a registered nurse in the ALMH acute care department.  She has been with ALMH since July 2014 and was nominated by a family member of one of her patients.  The nomination stated, “She treated my family member like he was one of her own. He referred to her as his second favorite nurse in the world, topped only by his daughter.”

"I am grateful to receive this award, especially because the nomination came from a patient’s family member. I had developed a special connection with this patient during his final days, and I am appreciative that the family believed I made a difference in his life. This award reminds me that I am able to have a positive impact on others. And it reminds me how important nurses are. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession that can provide such a sense of purpose,” said Flubacker.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and 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.  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.

Any nurse at ALMH can be nominated for the award. Nomination forms are available throughout ALMH and on ALMH.org. Twice annually, an ALMH nurse is selected by the ALMH Nursing Shared Governance Council to receive The DAISY Award.  Other nominated individuals nominated this fall were Cindi Layendecker (OB), Gary Auten (ED), Jessica Schieffer (OB), Derek Storck (ED), Heather Callahan (Acute Care), Jennifer Bowers (ED), Julie Sauer (Acute Care), Anne Sydney (ED), Nathan Buss (Acute Care), and Teresa Heidbreder (Acute Care).

ALMH Director of Nursing Jeanne Dennis said, “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides us a way to do that. We are proud to be part of the Daisy Award program and recognize Morgan as a true asset to the patients of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

ALMH is a 25-bed critical access hospital located at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, Illinois. For more information, visit ALMH.org.

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