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Orange Regional Medical Center Honors Exceptional Nurse

May 16, 2014

Caption: Erin Kirwan, RN, Critical Care and Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Ritter-Teitel, PhD, RN, CEA-BC.

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center has partnered with the DAISY Foundation to recognize its nurses for the excellent care they provide to patients. Erin Kirwin, Critical Care Registered Nurse, was chosen as the first honoree. Ms. Kirwan was honored for her care, compassion and professionalism while educating a patient and her family on the Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) process and advocating for and providing guidance to the patient and her family during the last days of life.

“Erin is a great example of an extraordinary nurse and we are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a special way for us to do that,” said Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Ritter-Teitel, PhD, RN, CEA-BC.

The DAISY Foundation, an organization established to recognize and honor nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of the patients they care for, created The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses in honor of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 from an auto-immune disease. His family was extremely grateful for the nursing care he received that they started a Foundation in his honor. For the past 15 years, hospitals across the nation have partnered with The DIASY Foundation to honor their nurses that go above and beyond.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Orange Regionalare called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award,” said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation.

For more information on careers at Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.ormc.org/careers. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About the DAISY Foundation

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.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families. Honorees also receive a certificate of commemoration, a hand carved sculpture called A Healer’s Touch

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