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ANMC CCU nurse Rachel Campanella wins DAISY Award

April 21, 2017

ANMC’s Magnet nurses provide culturally appropriate, family-centered care in a unique hospital environment, and they are constantly seeking ways to improve the services and care we provide. In an effort to further recognize our nurses for their outstanding work, ANMC partnered with the DAISY Award, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

Congratulations to ANMC DAISY Award winner, Rachel Campanella, RN in the Critical Care Unit and eight-year ANTHC employee. DAISY Awards are considered from nominations received directly from patients and Campanella was nominated by the wife of one of her patients for the excellence in care provided. Campanella was recognized at an award ceremony where she was presented with a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture. Several nurses, colleagues and ANMC leadership attended the ceremony to show their appreciation and support for Campanella, who was grateful for the recognition.

“I remember hearing about the DAISY Award as a brand new nurse, and wishing I could reach that level of excellence one day. Receiving this award makes me feel hopeful,” said Campanella. “Knowing I connected with a family in such a way confirms that I am making the impact I strive for. I feel accomplished and truly humbled. I’m just so thankful to be a significant part of this man and his family’s journey to healing.”

Campanella’s nominee wrote the following about her: “Rachel is very thorough in explaining what [my husband’s] medications are for. She helped me understand my husband’s illness more than anybody has since our first admission to the unit. She always lets me know what she is doing when she interacts with my husband, whether it be administering medications or just to turn him.”

“I love working at ANMC’s CCU due to the opportunities it has given me to grow. Autonomy, teamwork, respect and support make the glue that holds our CCU together. I am honored to be part of such an awesome crew!” added Campanella.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.

Patients, their families and fellow ANMC staff can nominate nurses for DAISY Awards. Nomination forms and collection boxes have been placed throughout the ANMC hospital.

Subsequent honorees will be selected quarterly and each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her or his unit or department. For more information about the DAISY Award program, please visit For questions about nominating an ANMC nurse, please email Hannah Hooper at

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