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June 19, 2019

Contact: Colton May, (308) 324-1650

Extraordinary Nurse at Lexington Regional Health Center Receives DAISY Award

LEXINGTON, NE - Deanne Guthard, RN, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in late June. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care provided to patients and families every day. The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System). The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Deanne was nominated by fellow coworker Kristine Wendland. "She comes in with a smile on her face and she has a way of making everyone feel like they are the only one. She is always there for her co-workers, either to listen or give encouragement," said Wendland. "She does things for people in her community and has an infectious laugh that you can't help but to be drawn to. She has put others' needs before her, time and time again. Deanne is what nursing is all about."

Working in healthcare since 1993, Deanne's passion for helping others lead her down a path to becoming a registered nurse (RN). "I started in sterile processing for three years then moved to telemetry tech and ward clerk for three more years," said Guthard. "In 1997, I received my CNA and worked in many care homes around the area. In 2002, I went to school for an adventure in healthcare as a registered nurse." Deanne has been employed at Lexington Regional Health Center since 2004. She left briefly in 2014, returning two years later. In her free time, you can find Deanne enjoying her children's activities, baking, gardening, camping and loving good laughs. Deanne's favorite quote by Mother Teresa, "Do small things with great love," adds perspective on what it truly means to be an extraordinary nurse.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree's colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. If you have received extraordinary care from a nurse at LRHC and want to share your story, contact Kristina Messersmith at 308-324-8318 or by email at kmessersmith@lexrhc.org. To read more compassionate stories about nurses who make a difference, please visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.