RUMFORD — Frank Hodson Jr., a certified registered nurse anesthetist, has been recognized at Rumford Hospital as a DAISY Award recipient.

The DAISY Award is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation and recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate compassion, critical thinking skills, passion about life, patient- and family-focused care, patient advocacy, support of all health care team members, and nursing profession role model.

The award was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system.” The foundation is headquartered in Glen Ellen, Calif.

The DAISY Award was created to show gratitude to the nursing profession, because the Barnes family believed that nurses are truly “unsung heroes.” The DAISY Foundation says the program “honors the superhuman work nurses do at the bedside each and every day.”

Patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers can nominate nurses they feel deserve to be recognized with the DAISY Award.

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