Sanford Luverne

Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Sanford Medical Center Luverne

Karen Roberts, RN. Photo courtesy of Rock County Star Herald

Nurses at Sanford Medical Center Luverne are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday. The Award at Sanford Medical Center Luverne is sponsored by the Sanford Health Network Executive Team.

The specific recipient of the DAISY Award is Karen Roberts, RN. Karen received a number of nominations from her co-workers and the medical staff at Sanford Medical Center Luverne. She was recognized for her excellent interpersonal skills and her ability to establish special connections with the patients and families she cares for. Karen exhibits the values and attributes that are highly valued by Sanford nurses, including teamwork, collaboration, leadership, and enthusiasm.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. 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. 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.

Each quarter, a RN or LPN employed by a Sanford Health Network hospital or nursing home will be selected to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

Said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide acutely ill patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Sanford Medical Center Luverne are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.

Chief Nursing Officer Nyla Sandbulte, RN, said, “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. Given the current national nursing shortage, The DAISY Award could not be launched at a better time. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

Sanford Medical Center Luverne is among 500 hospitals committed to The DAISY Award program. As of current date, over 5000 nurses had received the Award. For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, please go to

The DAISY Award is just one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available on their website

About Sanford Medical Center Luverne
Sanford Medical Center Luverne, a 25-bed acute care hospital in Southwest Minnesota, is owned by Sanford Health, a non-profit, integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD.

Sanford Medical Center Luverne has approximately 220 employees, 210 volunteers, and is served by nine family medicine physicians and several visiting physician specialists. To learn more about Sanford Medical Center Luverne, visit
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