PROVIDENCE – Women & Infants Hospital recently presented Pawtucket resident Julie Ziegelmayer, a nurse on the Antenatal Care Unit, with the DAISY Award, presented to recognize efforts above and beyond the duties performed by nurses daily.
Ziegelmayer’s ACU colleague Deb Pisano nominated her for the award, referencing the impact Ziegelmayer had on a husband and wife who lost their unborn child while under Ziegelmayer’s care.
Following their discharge from the hospital, the family wrote to Ziegelmayer. Their card read, “A week ago my husband and I lost our beautiful son, who was simply too young and too fragile. Through the darkness and anger of the past seven days there has been one light – you. Your care, compassion, support and strength as we stayed on your floor and in your care deserves more thanks than I could possibly realize or state. You are the kindest, most loving nurse and we know for certain you were sent to us on our darkest day.”
“The care and support Julie gave to a patient who was in the process of losing her unborn child was above and beyond and also extended to the grandparents. … She listened to their concerns not only for their unborn grandchild but for the patient herself. Throughout this difficult time Julie was an ear for the patient and her family when someone needed to vent or a shoulder when they needed to cry,” Pisano wrote.
The family has made a donation to March of Dimes and the Women & Infants Hospital Developmental Foundation in Julie Ziegelmayer’s name.
Ziegelmayer has been a nurse with Women & Infants since 1988.
The nonprofit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired his family to create the award to recognize nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
“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 superhuman work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Women & Infants Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award,” said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation.
To nominate a nurse who works at any Women & Infants-affiliated location or the main hospital, submit an application online or in person. Fellow providers and patients may nominate a nurse for the award.
Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.