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Des Moines Nurse Receives National DAISY Award


Des Moines Nurse Receives National DAISY Award

Mary McInville of Broadlawns recognized as Extraordinary Nurse

Des Moines, IA – September 2014 A Family Birthing Center nurse was the most recent Broadlawns Medical Center employee to receive the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Mary was nominated by her fellow co-workers, celebrated by Broadlawns and presented a special sculpture called, A Healer’s Touch. The following are just a few comments from her co-workers.

“Mary always has gone above and beyond for her patients and co-workers. She has put in long hours to help the unit in time of need, missing out on her own children and their activities. Mary is just amazing.” said, Jessica Williams, Family Birthing Center unit clerk.

“I feel that Mary McInville is the most deserving nurse for the DAISY Award. She exemplifies what it means to be an extraordinary and compassionate nurse as well as a professional, caring and expert mentor. Mary fulfills every aspect of what this award is designed for and I hope that if Mary is elected as the next DAISY award winner, she could see even just a little bit of how truly amazing and inspiring she is to me and many of the other nurses here in the Broadlawns Family Birthing Center.” said Whitney Groomes, RN, Family Birthing Center.

“Mary always has a positive attitude and goes out of her way to ensure patients’ and visitors’ are comfortable. Not only does she use current information pertaining to healthcare but she also finds easy ways to explain procedures to patients. Mary definitely deserves this!” said Michelle Mefferd, RN, Family Birthing Center.

“Broadlawns is very happy to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program and recognizing the nurses who personify our shared commitment to providing expert care and a remarkable patient experience.” said, Susan Kirstein, Chief Nursing Officer.

About the Honoree
Mary is from Fort Dodge and graduated from St. Edmond High School. After high school she attended the University of Northern Iowa where she graduated with a finance degree and then worked in the insurance field for awhile. She was not pleased with that career choice and returned to school. She attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge and graduated with and AA in nursing.

Mary started her nursing career as a new graduate at Mercy on the orthopedic surgery team, putting in new hips, knees and fixing broken bones. After about a year, she transferred to Neurology 6N at Mercy where she worked for about five years. She then found a great job at Broadlawns! Mary recently completed her
Bachelors in Nursing at Upper Iowa University. Mary works in the Family Birthing Center and serves as a breastfeeding educator at Broadlawns.

Mary says she loves her job and her co-workers. They all work together to provided the best patient care they can. She enjoys work because she gets to take care of families celebrating a joyous time in their life… the birth of a baby. She cares for patients from many different cultures and learns about them and their family. She helps them and teaches them and they teach her how to care for their baby. Mary says she never has a boring day at work.

When Mary isn’t at work, she loves taking care of her family. She and her husband, Jerry, have three teenage children—Miranda is a junior; Austin is a sophomore and Chase is in eighth grade in the Johnston school district. In her free time Mary enjoys riding her bike, helping with religious education classes and enjoying her family.

About the Daisy Award The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family, most impressed and appreciative of the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick; created this national award to recognize the super-human work of nurses and to honor the compassion and care that nurses provide their patients every day. The awards are coordinated by the Broadlawns Nursing Professional Practice Council.

About Broadlawns
Broadlawns Medical Center is home to 1,000 employees, 300 physicians and an 88-member physician staff working together to ensure quality care that is coordinated, compassionate and cost-effective. Broadlawns is more than a Polk County acute care, community hospital. Patients and their families benefit from the convenience and coordinated care of a medical campus that includes the main hospital, emergency, inpatient, outpatient, lab, radiology, mental health, specialty clinics, crisis team and other support services – all in one place. Broadlawns accepts all forms of insurance and its approach to Health Care delivery systems and quality outcomes helped it earn a Level 3 rating through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) – the highest achievable status possible for a Medical Home care delivery model. Broadlawns takes a leadership position in teaching the next generation of health care professionals through its residency and fellowship programs. In 1971 it became one of the first fully accredited Family Medicine Residency programs in the Midwest and has curriculums designed to meet all requirements of the residency review committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


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