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Two women with Columbus ties recently earned honors for their work in nursing.

Ashley Brunkhorst and Maureen Spelts both received The DAISY Award, which is in recognition for excellence in their fields.

Brunkhorst, a 2006 Columbus High School graduate and 2009 Central Community College-Columbus graduate, was nominated by the Medical Staffing Network, where she has been a team member since 2016. She has been a valued member of Medical Staffing Network, but after receiving a glowing email from one of the facilities she staffs, Medical Staffing Network officials decided more thanks was in order and the decision was made to nominate her for the honor.

Spelts, BSN, RN, in Columbus Community Hospital’s Infusion Center, was nominated for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, and honored Jan. 4. In her time at the hospital, Spelts has worked in the OR, Same Day Services and the Acute Care Unit. She has worked in the Infusion Center since May 2018.

Spelts’ ability to make personalized connections with patients is what led to her DAISY Award, CCH officials said, in a provided release. A patient’s sister nominated Spelts for The DAISY Award after witnessing the individualized, compassionate care Spelts gave to her brother. Spelts also went above and beyond to check in on the patient when he was being treated in another facility. 

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill of nurses and the compassionate care they give every day. Nurses are nominated by anyone in the organization - patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians and staff - anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.

There were three elements the award's creators wanted to ensure the recognition program included:

1. A partnership with healthcare organizations to provide ongoing recognition of the clinical skill and especially the compassion nurses demonstrate at the bedside all year long.

2. Flexibility so that The DAISY Award may be tailored to each hospital’s unique culture and values.

3. A turn-key program with The DAISY Foundation providing most everything you need to implement The DAISY Award.

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