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Broadlawns Nurses Receive National DAISY Award


Des Moines, IA (July 26, 2017) – Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC) is pleased to announce that two members of its nursing staff were awarded The DAISY Award, a national award presented to extraordinary nurses.  The 2017 DAISY Award recipients for BMC are: Caryn Farmer and Sarah Heimer.

“Broadlawns is proud to participate in The DAISY Award program and to honor the nurses who personify our shared commitment to providing expert clinical care and an exceptional patient experience,” said Susan Kirstein, Broadlawns Chief Nursing Officer.

The 2017 DAISY Award recipients were recognized amongst their peers at a recent award ceremony where they were each presented with a certificate, pin and A Healer’s Touch sculpture.

About the Honorees

Caryn Farmer, LPN
Ms. Farmer is an Altoona native, and she graduated from SE Polk High School.  She earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Des Moines Area Community College and joined the staff at Broadlawns in September 2016. As a nurse, she appreciates having the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life, and at Broadlawns she finds it rewarding to assist patients from a diverse patient population with a wide range of needs. Ms. Farmer works as a nurse in the Broadlawns Geriatric and Memory Clinic, and she was recognized for the deeply compassionate care that she provides for patients who are dealing with memory loss with age-related conditions.

Sarah Heimer, BSN
Ms. Heimer was raised in Ames, Iowa.  Her mother was a nurse, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine.  After graduating from Ames High School, Ms. Heimer earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. She was hired as a nurse in the Medical-Surgical Unit at Broadlawns Medical Center after completing her nursing training.  After eight years in the Med-Surg Unit, she joined the ICU nursing staff where she attends to the healthcare needs of critically ill patients.  She is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program.  Ms. Heimer was recognized by numerous patients for her caring and compassionate bedside manner.

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 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by the exceptional nursing care that their son Patrick received throughout his eight week illness, and they established The DAISY Award as a national award to recognize the extraordinary clinical skills and compassionate care that nurses provide to patients every day. The DAISY Award program at Broadlawns is administered by the Broadlawns Nursing Professional Practice Council.

About Broadlawns
Broadlawns Medical Center is a nonprofit healthcare organization that ensures our community is provided quality healthcare that is coordinated, compassionate and cost‐effective. The Broadlawns campus includes an acute care hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, urgent care and emergency services, lab, radiology, dentistry, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, crisis team, and community-based behavioral support services.  Broadlawns accepts all forms of insurance and its approach to healthcare and quality outcomes earned a Level 3 rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest achievable status for a medical delivery model.

Broadlawns takes a leadership position in teaching the next generation of healthcare 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). Broadlawns offers fellowship training in podiatry and psychiatry for mid-level providers.  To learn more, please visit www.broadlawns.org.


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