Published on September 01, 2010

Baptist DeSoto Recognizes Nurse Who Performs Above and Beyond Expectations

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto recently recognized Kelly Cordel, a registered nurse in the emergency department, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, which is given in appreciation of the work nurses do.

Cordel was nominated by a family member and colleague who admire her genuine care and compassion. One nominator said Cordel’s extraordinary care and encouraging words will never be forgotten.

“Kelly exemplifies the type of nurse Baptist is proud to have on board,” said Mary Townsend-Gervis, chief nursing officer at Baptist DeSoto. “She is a tireless advocate in providing quality care to all patients and encouraging a fun and inspiring work environment for her colleagues.”

Each month, Baptist DeSoto’s nursing administrators accept nominations and select a nurse to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

“Kelly gave me a lot of her time and patience,” said one of her nominators. “When I needed that hug she gave me not one, but several. When I needed encouraging words, she gave me many. She made my day in the emergency room a great day."

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill led to the creation of the DAISY Award. All the nurses in Cordel’s unit received cinnamon rolls because while Barnes was in the hospital, he once asked his family to bring enough cinnamon rolls for him and all the nurses in his unit.

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room. In 2010, Baptist DeSoto received the Hospital of the Year award (100 beds or more) from the Mississippi Nurses Association. The hospital offers open-heart surgery and a number of other cardiovascular services, and the emergency department’s heart attack response rate is, on average, 30 minutes faster than the national benchmark. Baptist DeSoto’s inpatient rehabilitation program ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for quality in a report based on 2009 performance outcomes. In 2010, the hospital’s Women’s Center became the first breast imaging facility in DeSoto County to offer digital mammography.

For more information about Baptist DeSoto, please call 662-772-4000 or visit desoto.baptistonline.org.

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