Sanford Luverne

Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at Sanfurd Luverne Medical Center

Daisy Award Recipient Sharon Fraser, RN (left), and Chief Nursing Officer Nyla Sandbulte, RN (right)
Nurses at Sanford Luverne Medical Center 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 Luverne Medical Center is sponsored by the Sanford Health Network Executive Team.

The recipient of the DAISY Award is Sharon Fraser, RN. (In photo above: Sharon Fraser, RN, left, Chief Nursing Officer Nyla Sandbulte, RN, right.) Sharon was nominated by a family member of a patient who was admitted to the hospital from the emergency department. Sharon cared for the patient throughout the course of her last week of life. The individual who wrote Sharon’s nomination described her excellent interpersonal skills and the special connection she was able to establish with the dying patient and her family. The nominator wrote: “Sharon would go out of her way to check on my mother and me, as she knew in her heart that Mom was very sick. She tried to bring out the best attitude for us all, despite the situation. Sharon stayed by me and Mom in the room the afternoon Mom died. She held our hands and smiled soft smiles of love. She wanted Mom to have a more peaceful death and went out of her way to make sure more medication was ordered so that Mom’s valley of death was peaceful, content, and calm. I will forever be grateful to her.”

Each quarter, a RN or LPN employed by a Sanford Health Network hospital or nursing home is selected to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree receives 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 is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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.

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 Luverne Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.

Said Chief Nursing Officer Nyla Sandbulte, RN, “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 Luverne Medical Center is among 500 hospitals committed to The DAISY Award program. As of Oct. 12, over 500 nurses have received the Award. For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, please go to

The DAISY Award is but 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 Luverne Medical Center
Sanford Luverne Medical Center, 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 Luverne Medical Center has approximately 220 employees, 210 volunteers, and is served by eight family medicine physicians, a general surgeon, and several visiting physician specialists. 
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