Cambridge, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance, a vital and innovative community health system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has honored nurses Philip Fournier, RN, and Amberly Killmer, RN, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, established by the national nonprofit DAISY Foundation, recognizes the extraordinary efforts nurses make in the lives of patients and their families every day.
Philip Fournier, RN, is an inpatient psychiatry nurse at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital campus who is well-known for his compassion and straightforward demeanor. He is widely recognized for his effectiveness in communicating the treatment process to patients, a skill that is highly valued by both patients and his colleagues. He also displays an unending commitment to making the inpatient unit a comfortable environment for patients, and he advocates for additional items, like a Nintendo Wii game system, to help them feel more relaxed.
Amberly Killmer, RN, a primary care nurse at CHA Union Square Family Health, has played a key role in the development and success of the center, which is a patient-centered medical home and one of 30 clinics nationwide recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as an exemplar primary care practice. The award nominations highlighted her prompt, compassionate, and personalized attention to patients’ needs as well as her dedication to process improvements. As an active participant on Union Square’s practice improvement team, she helped develop a controlled substance abuse policy to help streamline and oversee refills, enhancing quality as well as patients’ experience of care.
Each quarter, CHA will present two DAISY awards based on nominations submitted online by patients, peers, and other staff. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of nurses based on criteria provided by the DAISY Foundation.
The nonprofit DAISY Foundation based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired Barnes’ family members to establish the DAISY Award to thank nurses across the country for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families. For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org/.
Cambridge Health Alliance is a vital and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.