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ANMC nurse Matthew Brown earns DAISY Award

September 10, 2018

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 honoree, Matt Brown, RN on ANMC’s Inpatient Surgery Unit. Brown was recognized at an impromptu award ceremony where he was presented with a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture. Many of his night shift colleagues and ANMC leadership attended the ceremony to show their appreciation and support for Brown, who was surprised and thankful for the recognition. “I felt very humbled to think that someone took the time to nominate me and that I actually won! More than anything, I felt that I was just trying my best to make a difference and do my job with this and every patient,” said Brown. “I love nursing and taking care of people, as do most of the people I work with. We will continue, with and without awards, to provide the highest quality care for those we take care of.” Brown was nominated by Dr. Patricia Kloser, ANMC Hospitalist, for his exceptional care of a patient. Dr. Kloser wrote, “This is one amazing nurse! When told that his patient was lonely, he started to spend more time in the patient’s room. He would often just do charting there or would stop in to offer a snack. He helped to make a motivational calendar with artwork to encourage ambulation, out of bed and oral intake. The patient has gone from sad and depressed to smiling and engaged with eagerness to walk, snack ad get out of bed. The skill and quiet competence of this nurse are extraordinary and have made all the difference in helping this seriously ill man achieve his wish to go home to Nome and his family. Thank you for helping this patient!” Brown has worked at ANMC since September 2017, where he started as a Medical Clerk on the Inpatient Surgery Unit as he was preparing to take his nursing exam. In January 2018, Brown started as a nurse on the Inpatient Surgery Unit. 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. “ANMC is a place where we get to take care of a population that has rich history and beautiful culture. Not only that, but the Magnet recognition and staff I work with are exceptional. I precepted here when I was in nursing school and looked forward to working here ever since. I have asked many who have worked at other facilities and they agree this is an amazing place and unique in its comradery and attention to care,” added Brown. 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 Kimberley Carr at

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